27 Feb 2008

New Zealand sevens squad prepares for Hong Kong

8:30 am on 27 February 2008

The New Zealand sevens rugby union squad of 15 will go into camp this week to prepare for the next two rounds of the International Rugby Board Sevens series.

New Zealand have won four consecutive legs and lead the IRB series on 80 points ahead of South Africa 48 and Fiji 44 while last year's Hong Kong champions Samoa has 38.

The next two tournaments are in Hong Kong from 28-30 March and then Adelaide the following weekend.

The first training camp will be held in the Bay of Plenty town, Ohope, which marks the return of Afekele Pelenise who missed the first four IRB sevens tournament of the new season because of a knee injury.

The squad is: Tomasi Cama and Lote Raikabula {Manawatu}, Edwin Cocker {Auckland}, Israel Dagg and Tafai Ioasa (Hawkes Bay), Nigel Hunt and Victor Vito {Wellington}, Solomon King and Zar Lawrence {Bay of Plenty}, Kendrick Lynn {Southland}, Ben Nowell {Canterbury}, Pelenise {Tasman}, Rene Ranger {Northland}, Chad Tuoro {Counties Manukau} Nafi Tuitavake {North Harbour}.

The squad of 12 will be named after the second training camp at Mount Maunganui on March 21st.