Kiwi legend's son makes the Sevens cut

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:16
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SQUAD ANNOUNCMENT: All Blacks Sevens Coach Clark Laidlaw has included 18-year-old Caleb Clarke -son of former All Black Eroni Clarke - in his squad for the Sydney Sevens. 

Caleb Clarke is the only debutant in the 13-man squad.

The other change from the Cape Town tournament sees Luke Masirewa returns to the national team after last appearing in 2013.

The duo take the place of the injured Trael Joass and Dylan Collier.

Clarke joins the All Blacks Sevens environment from Super Rugby pre-season training with the Blues.

"We’ve worked closely with the Blues to have Caleb released to train with us and he is part of our plan to build depth heading into the Commonwealth Games. He’s a big, powerful wing and we are really excited about unleashing him," coach Laidlaw said.

Masirewa joined the squad after an impressive National Sevens campaign with Bay of Plenty. Laidlaw said it has been a long-term plan getting Masirewa back in the black jersey.

"We’re excited about having Luke back in our environment, he’s been working hard for the past year and has ticked all the boxes we have asked of him.

"He’s a real point of difference; Luke is an aerial forward that can break the game open,"

The All Blacks Sevens currently sit atop the Series standings but Laidlaw said there is plenty of room for improvement.

"There were fine lines in the last two tournaments and we could have easily been tipped out and any stage so we are working at getting better in all areas, both on and off the field,"

A tough pool sees the All Blacks Sevens come up against Russia, Samoa and Fiji for the first tournament of 2018.

New Zealand Sevens: Kurt Baker, Caleb Clarke, Scott Curry, Sam Dickson, Andrew Knewstubb, Vilimoni Koroi, Luke Masirewa, Tim Mikkelson, Sione Molia, Joe Ravouvou, Teddy Stanaway, Regan Ware, Joe Webber

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