New Zealand Sevens

New Zealand Sevens

All Blacks Sevens
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Union New Zealand Rugby Union
Coach(es) New Zealand Gordon Tietjens
Captain(s) DJ Forbes
Team kit
Change kit
World Cup Sevens
Appearances 6 (First in 1993)
Best result Champions 2001, 2013

The New Zealand national rugby union sevens team is the New Zealand representative team in rugby union sevens and competes in the IRB Sevens World Series, Rugby World Cup Sevens and the Commonwealth Games. On 1 June 2012 the team's name was officially changed to the All Blacks Sevens.[1]

IRB Sevens

The team has won eleven of the fourteen IRB Sevens World Series events. Since 2000 when the series first started, the only times they have not won were in 2006 when Fiji were crowned champions, 2009 won by South Africa and 2010 when they came second to Samoa.

2007

In the 2006–07 series, it was left until the last round at Murrayfield, Edinburgh, to find out who would win. If Fiji had won their quarter-final against Wales then they would have won the series but they lost 21–14. This meant that New Zealand needed to win the final against Samoa to win the title. With a convincing six tries to one, 34–5 scoreline, they did just that and were crowned champions.[2]

2008

The 2007–08 series saw New Zealand set several records. They became the first team in the nine-year history of the IRB Sevens to have won the first four events of a season, having won the Dubai, South Africa, Wellington and USA tournaments. During the USA Sevens, they broke their own record, set in 2001 and 2002, for most consecutive match wins in the IRB Sevens. The team extended their streak of tournaments won to the first five of the season, and a record seven overall, by defeating South Africa in the final of the 2008 Hong Kong Sevens.[3]

Their record streaks of tournaments won (7) and match wins (47) ended in the final of the Adelaide Sevens with a 15–7 defeat to South Africa.[4] Although they would lose to England in the Cup quarterfinals of the next event, the London Sevens, they won the second-level Plate final, giving them enough points to secure the 2007–08 series crown with one round to spare.[5]

Honours

Win summaries

Event Venue Cup Plate Bowl Shield
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Winner Winner
2013 Gold Coast Sevens Robina Stadium
New Zealand
40–19
Australia

Fiji

France

United States
2013 London Sevens Twickenham Stadium
New Zealand
47–12
Australia

Fiji

Wales
2012 South Africa Sevens Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
New Zealand
47–12
France

Wales

Australia

Spain
2012 Scotland Sevens Scotstoun Stadium
New Zealand
29–14
England

Samoa

Russia

Kenya
2012 Wellington Sevens Westpac Stadium
New Zealand
24–7
Fiji

South Africa

Kenya

Scotland
2011 South Africa Sevens Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
New Zealand
31–26
South Africa

Wales

Scotland

Zimbabwe
2011 Adelaide Sevens Adelaide Oval
New Zealand
28–20
South Africa

Wales

United States

Japan
2011 Hong Kong Sevens Hong Kong Stadium
New Zealand
29–17
England

South Africa

Canada

Kenya
2011 New Zealand Sevens Westpac Stadium
New Zealand
29–14
England

Fiji

Kenya

United States
2010 South Africa Sevens Outeniqua Park
New Zealand
22–19
England

South Africa

Scotland

Zimbabwe
2009 South Africa Sevens Outeniqua Park
New Zealand
21 – 12
Fiji

England

Wales

Scotland
2009 Dubai Sevens The Sevens
New Zealand
24 – 12
Samoa

Australia

Wales

Russia
2008 Edinburgh Sevens Murrayfield
New Zealand
24 – 14
England

South Africa

Australia

Portugal
2008 Hong Kong Sevens Hong Kong Stadium
New Zealand
26 – 12
South Africa

France

Russia
2008 USA Sevens PETCO Park
New Zealand
27 – 12
South Africa

Fiji

Wales

Australia
2008 USA Sevens PETCO Park
New Zealand
27 – 12
South Africa

Fiji

Wales

Australia
2008 Wellington Sevens Westpac Stadium
New Zealand
22 – 7
Samoa

South Africa

England

United States
2007 South Africa Sevens Outeniqua Park
New Zealand
34 – 7
Fiji

Kenya

Wales

Canada
2007 Dubai Sevens Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground
New Zealand
31 – 21
Fiji

Argentina

Australia

Zimbabwe
2007 Edinburgh Sevens Murrayfield
New Zealand
34 – 5
Samoa

Fiji

England

France
2007 London Sevens Twickenham
New Zealand
29 – 7
Fiji

South Africa

England

Kenya
2006 South Africa Sevens Outeniqua Park
New Zealand
24 – 17
South Africa

Wales

Australia

Portugal
2005 Singapore Sevens National Stadium, Singapore
New Zealand
26–5
England

Samoa

France

Chinese Taipei
2005 USA Sevens PETCO Park
New Zealand
34–5
Argentina

Fiji

Canada

Tonga
2005 New Zealand Sevens Westpac Stadium
New Zealand
31–7
Argentina

Australia

Kenya

Niue
2004 South Africa Sevens Outeniqua Park
New Zealand
33–19
Fiji

South Africa

Australia

Portugal

There are no fixtures available for 1999–2004

Current squad

The All Blacks Sevens team to take part in the upcoming Glasgow and London legs of the HSBC Sevens World Series has been named following a training camp in Mt Maunganui.[6]

A foot injury sustained at the Tokyo tournament has forced captain DJ Forbes to withdraw. Tim Mikkelson will take over as captain. In addition to DJ Forbes, Toby Arnold, Sam Dickson, Mark Jackman and David Raikuna were also not considered because of injury.

2012-13 IRB Series squad

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Tournaments Club/province
Scott Curry Forward (1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 (age 26) 12 New Zealand Manawatu
Tim Mikkelson (c) Forward (1986-08-13) 13 August 1986 (age 27) 39 New Zealand Waikato
Lote Raikabula Forward (1983-07-31) 31 July 1983 (age 30) 57 New Zealand Wellington
Belgium Tuatagaloa Forward (1989-09-19) 19 September 1989 (age 24) 8 New Zealand Wellington
Pita Ahki Back (1992-09-24) 24 September 1992 (age 21) 1 New Zealand North Harbour
Kurt Baker Back (1988-10-07) 7 October 1988 (age 25) 15 New Zealand Taranaki
Tomasi Cama Back (1980-11-11) 11 November 1980 (age 33) 54 New Zealand Manawatu
Gillies Kaka Back (1990-05-28) 28 May 1990 (age 24) 5 New Zealand Hawke's Bay
Rocky Khan Back (1989-05-06) 6 May 1989 (age 25) 5 New Zealand Auckland
Ben Lam Back (1991-06-09) 9 June 1991 (age 23) 7 New Zealand Auckland
Sherwin Stowers Back (1986-05-19) 19 May 1986 (age 28) 11 New Zealand Counties Manukau
Trinity Spooner-Neera Back (1994-10-02) 2 October 1994 (age 19) 3 New Zealand Hawke's Bay

2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens Squad

Coaches

  • Gordon Tietjens (Head Coach)
  • Damein Karona (Assistant Coach)
  • Martin Rogers
  • Mark Harvey (Conditioning coach)

See also

References

External links

  • All Blacks site
  • IRB New Zealand