Tietjens names 2012-13 sevens squad

NZ Newswire August 11, 2012, 12:24 pm

New Zealand sevens rugby coach Gordon Tietjens has unveiled a 20-strong training squad to prepare for the 2012-13 world series.

Tietjens said he was looking forward to putting the players through their paces after watching the London Olympics. Sevens is on the Olympic programme for the first time at the 2016 Games at Rio de Janiero.

"The success of our athletes has been really inspiring and I am sure their performances will be a great motivator for the players," Tietjens said in a statement.

His squad will attend a camp in Mt Maunganui from Monday to Wednesday next week before being reduced in size for the first tournament of the series, on Australia's Gold Coast on October 13-14. That is followed by a tournament in La Plata, Argentina a week later.

"We're giving some new players an opportunity to show us what they can do in a Sevens environment given the unavailability of some players from last year for the first two tournaments of the season," Tietjens said.

New Zealand sevens rugby training squad:

Jacob Ale (Waikato), Mark Atkins (Otago), Tomasi Cama (Manawatu), Sam Dickson (Canterbury), DJ Forbes (Counties Manukau), Willis Halaholo (Auckland), Kolio Hifo (Canterbury), Joe Hill (Wellington), Mark Jackman (Canterbury), Warwick Lahmert (Taranaki), Rhys Lewellyn (Canterbury), Tevita Li (North Harbour), Tim Mikkelson (Waikato), Kylem O'Donnell (Taranaki), Willie Paia'aua (Manawatu), Lote Raikabula (Wellington), Belgium Tuatagaloa (Wellington), Joe Tupe (Auckland), Gareth William-Spiers (Auckland), Jamie Verran (Canterbury).

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  1. Phillip06:12pm Sunday 12th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Geez I am hurt by your comments ISSP , close but no cigar , I am a lot closer to you than you think!!!

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  2. Trav1s10108:54am Sunday 12th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh buddie

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  3. I-see-stupid-people08:47am Sunday 12th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Does anyone else see the hilarity in some brown loser from South Auckland calling Poland "poohland"? I'd rather be Polish than what he is that's for sure.

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  4. Phillip07:30am Sunday 12th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Last time NZ played a soccer match they lost to New Caledonia , hardly a sporting achievement, but NZ soccer will claim it as a victory and win the Halbergs again for participation!

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  5. Phillip07:29am Sunday 12th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Hey WOOFIE , where in the world are you now , are you with your male friend you met in Poohland? By the way have you seen my comments on the Pheendix tour tour to India?

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  6. Phillip07:29am Sunday 12th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Hey WOOFIE , where in the world are you now , are you with your male friend you met in Poohland? By the way have you seen my comments on the Pheendix tour tour to India?

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  7. Wharfie07:20am Sunday 12th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Lock away the bananas in Tauranga, the gorillas are coming...

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  8. Wharfie07:19am Sunday 12th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    So a bunch of gorillas playing tag now has a "world series". Another joke sport that NZ focuses on because they are too gutless to compete in global sports such as athletics, swimming, football. Better to be champs at obscure 'sports' than also rans in global sports huh. This is embarrassing to true kiwis like me.

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