VIDEO: All Blacks Sevens eager to build on rich history
SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: New Zealand Sevens head coach Clark Laidlaw named a strong 13-man squad for 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia in April.
The All Blacks seven side will want to put their dismal World Seven Series behind them as they look to defend a rich history having won four gold medals and one silver at previous Commonwealth Games.
New Zealand men’s rugby sevens coach Laidlaw said the squad features five Commonwealth Games medallists alongside exciting young talent.
"Narrowing down this squad to 13 players was tough work. We’ve got a group of really experienced players who know what it takes at events like this and are playing well and then a group of younger guys that want to express themselves.
"The Commonwealth Games is very different for rugby players and something we are really looking forward too. Being part of the wider New Zealand team, the opening ceremony and things like that, we are going to embrace it all.
"What isn’t different is when we put our boots on to train or when we walk into the stadium to play, that is the same and business as usual,"
In 2018 they are set to meet Canada, Kenya and Zambia in Pool C. The men must top their pool to advance to the semifinals.
Pool play kicks off on Saturday, April 14.
New Zealand Sevens:
Tim Mikkelson, Scott Curry, Dylan Collier, Sam Dickson, Trael Joass, Vilimoni Koroi, Andrew Knewstubb, Sione Molia, Kurt Baker, Joe Webber, Regan Ware, Ngarohi McGarvey-Black, Caleb Clarke (travelling reserve)