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Tietjens names 30-man NZ Sevens trial squad

  
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1/9/2012
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.

The New Zealand Sevens trialists are:

Toby
Arnold
Bay of Plenty
Tomasi
Cama
Manawatu
Frazier
Climo
Taranaki
Scott
Curry
Bay of Plenty
Matt
Faddes
Otago
DJ
Forbes
Counties Manukau
Frank
Halai
Waikato
Bryce
Heem
Auckland
Nathan
Hughes
Auckland
Joe
Hill
Otago
Mark
Jackman
Canterbury
Solomon
King
North Harbour
Warwick
Lahmert
Taranaki
James
Lowe
Tasman
Jono
Malo
Waikato
Tim
Mikkelson
Waikato
Kieran
Moffat
Otago
Waisake
Naholo
Taranaki
Kylem
O’Donnell
Taranaki
Ken
Pisi
North Harbour
Charles
Piutau
Auckland
Lote
Raikabula
Wellington
Glen
Robertson
Waikato
Ardie
Savea
Wellington
Ben
Souness
Taranaki
Ahsee
Tuala
Counties Manukau
Nafi
Tuitavake
North Harbour
Lolagi
Visinia
Auckland
Joe
Webber
Waikato
Jack
Wilson
Bay of Plenty

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