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Rugby Sevens: All Blacks and Black Ferns development squads prepare for Oceania Sevens in Fiji



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Bay of Plenty rugby players Ngarohi McGarvey-Black and Luke Masirewa are back in the All Blacks Sevens jersey for this weekend's Oceania Sevens tournament in Fiji.

McGarvey-Black and Amanaki Nicole have all promised to debut for All Blacks Sevens last season due to injury, while Masirewa and Tone Ng Shiu are taking chances in this tournament after a limited time in 2018.

Ngarohi McGarvey-Black during the Singapore Sevens 2018 in April. Photo / Getty Images
Ngarohi McGarvey-Black during the Singapore Sevens 2018 in April. Photo / Getty Images

They are not the only Bay players to climb this weekend. Sam Dickson was named as the co-captain of the team with Dylan Collier. Regular co-captains Tim Mikkelson and Scott Curry will travel with the team as reserves.

"Dylan and Sam are experienced players on our team who are already leading their actions," said coach Clark Laidlaw. "This will be a good challenge to lead a young group in preparation for and during a tournament."

Sam Dickson of New Zealand makes an attempt during the HSBC Cape Town Sevens in 2017. Photo / Getty Images
Sam Dickson of New Zealand makes an attempt during the HSBC Cape Town Sevens in 2017. Photo / Getty Images

Laidlaw said the Oceania Sevens was a great chance for the team to take to the field before the start of the HSBC World Series at the end of the month.

"We were very excited about going back there, we had small numbers in the preseason, with a lot of guys still in the Miter Cup 10, but the players we had are working hard and can not wait to get into some rugby." ," he said.

"This tournament presents a good opportunity for some of our younger players to approach some of our older boys who do not play and also increases the depth by giving players a chance at this level.

The All Blacks Sevens will face New Caledonia and Nauru in the snooker competition, which starts on Friday.

The side of Black Ferns Sevens Development is also in preparation for the Oceania tournament this weekend.

Mahina Paul in action at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games 2018. Photo / Getty Images
Mahina Paul in action at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games 2018. Photo / Getty Images

Development team coach Crystal Kaua said that exposing the next seven talent level to international competition is crucial to player development.

"Our job on this development team is to get this group of players behind the fully hired team ready to transition into that space. It's really a stepping stone for that Black Ferns Sevens team and we've already seen players graduate from that. team." on full-time contracts, "Kaua said.

"We are together for a short time, so we want to put these players in an environment where they can be confident and express themselves on the pitch.

The Black Ferns Sevens Development team has experience in the form of Black Ferns Sevens players Shakira Baker, Terina Te Tamaki and Huia Harding.

"These girls bring a lot of mana to our environment, they are very willing to share their knowledge and want the players around them to do well."

The team last played at Hokkaido Sevens in Japan in September, losing to the Australian team in the final.

The Black Ferns Sevens Development team plays in Fiji, Cook Islands and New Caledonia at the pool game, starting on Friday.

The All Blacks Sevens Team:
Jordan Bunce (Waikato)
Dylan Collier (Waikato)
Scott Curry (Bay of Plenty)
Sam Dickson (Bay of Plenty)
Scott Gregory (Northland) – New Mesh Hats
Taylor Haugh (Otago) – New Mesh Hats
Trailer Joass (Bay of Plenty)
Luke Masirewa (Bay of Plenty)
Tim Mikkelson (Waikato)
Tom Ng Shiu (Tasman)
Amanaki Nicole (Canterbury)
Ngarohi McGarvey-Black (Bay of Abundance)
Joe Ravouvou (Auckland)
Andrew Knewstubb (Horowhenua Kapiti)

The Black Ferns Sevens Development team:
Shakira Baker (Waikato)
Kendall Buckingham (Southland)
Huia Harding (Waikato)
Talei Kidd (Auckland)
Rina Paraone (Waikato)
Mahina Paul (Bay of Plenty)
Chey Reti (Waikato)
Leanna Ryan (Waikato)
Kennedy Simon (Waikato)
Susana Sotutu (Auckland)
Grace Steinmetz (Canterbury)
Terina Te Tamaki (Waikato)
Janna Vaughan (Manawatu)

Draw for Friday, November 9:
11.21am Black Ferns Sevens Development v New Caledonia
2:30 PM Black Ferns Sevens Development v Cook Islands
4:36 PM All Blacks Sevens v Nauru
Sevens Development – Fiji
7:45 p.m. – All Blacks Sevens v New Caledonia
Saturday, November 10: play offs

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