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By NZRU Media Unit
New Zealand Sevens Coach Gordon Tietjens has named 30 players to assemble in Mount Maunganui for the national squad trials starting on Tuesday 17 January.
The players were named at a post-tournament dinner following the Pub Charity National Sevens in Queenstown last night. The tournament was won by Auckland who beat Otago 36-24 in the Final.
Titejens said the trial camp was an important part of identifying and developing future talent.
“The players know they are competing for contracts for the 2012 season but they also know we have an eye on talent for the Olympics in Rio de Janerio in 2016.
“This is a really exciting time to be involved with Sevens rugby. With fulltime Sevens contracts up for grabs in the future there are some talented young players coming into this trial that could put their hands up as Olympic medal hopefuls in Rio in four years’ time,” he said.
A national contracted squad of 15 will be named on Friday 20 January at the conclusion of the trial and will assemble in Wellington on Thursday 26 January ahead of the Hertz Sevens tournament in the city on 3 and 4 February.
Qantas Australian Sevens player Shannon Walker will play his first tournament in over a year when he lines up for the National Indigenous side at this weekend’s National Sevens Championships in Narrabeen, Sydney.