New Zealand national rugby union team (sevens)
|Union||New Zealand Rugby Union|
|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.
The team played for the first time at the 1973 International Seven-A-Side Tournament. In 1983 it first entered the Hong Kong Sevens, where it has been champion 10 times and runner-up another 10 times.
Tournament history 1
- Summer Olympics 1.1
IRB Sevens 2
- 2007 2.1
- 2008 2.2
- Honours 3
- Win summaries 4
Current squad 5
- Squad to 2014 Commonwealth Games 5.1
- 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens Squad 6
- Coaches 7
- See also 8
- References 9
- External links 10
A red box around the year indicates tournaments played within New Zealand
|Olympics Games record|
The team has won twelve of the fifteen IRB Sevens World Series events. Since 2000 when the series first started, the only times they have not won the series were in 2006 when Fiji were crowned champions, 2009 won by South Africa, 2010 when they came second to Samoa and 2015 when Fiji won the series. The team has won 47 tournaments out of 122 held.
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.
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.
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. 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.
- 1998 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal
- 1999–00 IRB Sevens World Series Winners
- 2000–01 IRB Sevens World Series Winners
- 2001 Rugby World Cup Sevens Champions
- 2001–02 IRB Sevens World Series Winners
- 2002–03 IRB Sevens World Series Winners
- 2002 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal
- 2003–04 IRB Sevens World Series Winners
- 2004–05 IRB Sevens World Series Winners
- 2006 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal
- 2006–07 IRB Sevens World Series Winners
- 2007–08 IRB Sevens World Series Winners
- 2010 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal
- 2010–11 IRB Sevens World Series Winners
- 2011–12 IRB Sevens World Series Winners
- 2012–13 IRB Sevens World Series Winners
- 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens Champions
- 2013–14 IRB Sevens World Series Winners
There are no fixtures available for 1999–2004
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.
Squad to 2014 Commonwealth Games
|Player||Position||Date of Birth (Age)||Club/province|
|Scott Curry||Forward||17 May 1988||Manawatu|
|Tim Mikkelson||Forward||13 August 1986||Waikato|
|DJ Forbes (c)||Forward||15 December 1982||Counties Manukau|
|Sam Dickson||Forward||28 October 1989||Canterbury|
|Akira Ioane||Forward||16 June 1995||Auckland|
|Pita Ahki||Back||24 September 1992||North Harbour|
|Kurt Baker||Back||7 October 1988||Taranaki|
|Gillies Kaka||Back||28 May 1990||Hawke's Bay|
|Ben Lam||Back||9 June 1991||Auckland|
|Sherwin Stowers||Back||19 May 1986||Counties Manukau|
|Bryce Heem||Back||18 January 1989||Tasman|
|Declan O'Donnell||Back||28 November 1990||Waikato|
|Joe Webber||Back||27 August 1993||Waikato|
- DJ Forbes (c)
- Bryce Heem
- Tim Mikkelson
- Pita Ahki
- Sam Dickson
- Lote Raikabula
- Tomasi Cama Jnr
- Gillies Kaka
- David Raikuna
- Kurt Baker
- Waisake Naholo
- Sherwin Stowers
- Gordon Tietjens (Head Coach)
- Damian Karauna (Assistant Coach)
- Martin Rogers
- Mark Harvey (Conditioning coach)
- List of New Zealand Sevens Representatives
- IRB Sevens World Series
- Rugby World Cup Sevens
- Commonwealth Games
- All Blacks
- allblacks.com (1 June 2012). "AllBlacks name extended to NZSevens and NZMaori". Retrieved 10 July 2012.
- "NZ Sevens on top of the world".
- "New Zealand maintain Series dominance in USA" (Press release).
- "South Africa halt kiwi winning streak" (Press release).
- "Samoa win London Sevens as NZ clinch Series" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 25 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
- "All Blacks Sevens team named for Glasgow and London". 1 May 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- IRB (16 July 2014). "Commonwealth Games Sevens squads: Latest". Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- Official website
- IRB New Zealand