Mikkelson takes NZ sevens reins

Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:36
Large sevenstimmikkelsonusa

New Zealand Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens has handed the captaincy of his New Zealand Sevens side to Tim Mikkelson for the Glasgow and London legs of the series.

New Zealand Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens has handed the captaincy of his New Zealand Sevens side to Tim Mikkelson, for the Glasgow and London legs, in the absence of stalwart leader DJ Forbes.

Mikkelson had to take over the captaincy in Tokyo and he has gained the confidence of his coach.

"Tim did a great job stepping up to the captain’s role in Tokyo and certainly deserves the honour of leading the team again," Tietjens said.

There is also a new cap in the squad as the coach has called up youngster Pita Ahki as a replacement due to a number of injuries in the squad.

The 20-year-old back Ahki is the only new cap. He is a member of the Blues Wider Training Group and played for New Zealand Under-20 at the Junior World Championship in South Africa last year.

"Pita Ahki is an exciting young prospect and he impressed in training this week so deserves the opportunity.

"We have played consistently well all season despite a number of injury setbacks so it shows the depth we now have in the wider squad," said Tietjens.

Injuries have struck Tietjens' squad and a number of his top players are unavailable for selection.

In addition to DJ Forbes; Toby Arnold, Sam Dickson, Mark Jackman and David Raikuna were also not considered because of injury.

A positive is that returning from injury are IRB Sevens Player of the Year Tomasi Cama who missed Hong Kong and Tokyo, Kurt Baker who has not played since Wellington and Scott Curry who makes his first squad of the season.

New Zealand Sevens squad: Pita Ahki, Kurt Baker, Tomasi Cama, Scott Curry, Gillies Kaka, Rocky Khan, Ben Lam, Tim Mikkelson (captain), Lote Raikabula, Sherwin Stowers, Trinity Spooner-Neera, Belgium Tuatagaloa.

Blues vs Rebels
sast: 07h15 | local: 09h15

  • 0 | 0
LIVE
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 30 April 2016
Highlanders v Brumbies 07h35 Dunedin
Reds v Cheetahs 09h40 Brisbane
Border v Pumas 12h30 East London
Namibia v EP Kings 13h00 Windhoek
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors 14h00 Welford Road
Northampton Saints v Bath 14h15 Franklin's Gardens
Western Province v Golden Lions 14h15 Newlands
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 14h30 Millennium Stadium
Ulster v Leinster 15h00 Kingspan Stadium
Lions v Hurricanes 15h05 Johannesburg
Dragons v Scarlets 17h00 Millennium Stadium
Stormers v Waratahs 17h10 Cape Town
Jaguares v Kings 21h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 01 May 2016
Exeter Chiefs v Wasps 12h00 Sandy Park
London Irish v Harlequins 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Newcastle Falcons 14h15 Allianz Park
Fri, 06 May 2016
Crusaders v Reds 07h35 Christchurch
Brumbies v Bulls 09h40 Canberra
Griffons v Eagles 15h00 Welkom
EP Kings v Blue Bulls 16h00 Port Elizabeth
SEVENS
MORE LOGS
Pool 00
Team P W D L Pts
Brazil 7s 0 0 0 0 1
Korea Sevens 0 0 0 0 10
Pool 19
Team P W D L Pts
England Sevens 0 0 0 0 19
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Fiji Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Canada Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Australia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
France Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Japan Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
United States Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Russia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool D
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool
Team P W D L Pts
Wales Sevens
Zimbabwe 7s