New Zealand national rugby union team (sevens)

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All Blacks Sevens
New Zealand national rugby union Sevens logo.png
Union New Zealand Rugby Union
Coach(es) New Zealand Gordon Tietjens
Captain(s) DJ Forbes
Team kit
Change kit
World Cup Sevens
Appearances 6 (First in 1993)
Best result Champions 2001, 2013
New Zealand national rugby sevens team at the 2009 Hong Kong Sevens

The New Zealand national rugby union sevens team is the New Zealand representative team in rugby union sevens and competes in the IRB Sevens World Series, Rugby World Cup Sevens and the Commonwealth Games. On 1 June 2012 the team's name was officially changed to the All Blacks Sevens.[1]

The team played for the first time at the 1973 International Seven-A-Side Tournament. In 1983 it first entered the Hong Kong Sevens, where it has been champion 10 times and runner-up another 10 times.

IRB Sevens[edit]

The team has won twelve of the fifteen IRB Sevens World Series events. Since 2000 when the series first started, the only times they have not won the series were in 2006 when Fiji were crowned champions, 2009 won by South Africa and 2010 when they came second to Samoa. The team has won 47 tournaments out of 122 held.

2007[edit]

In the 2006–07 series, it was left until the last round at Murrayfield, Edinburgh, to find out who would win. If Fiji had won their quarter-final against Wales then they would have won the series but they lost 21–14. This meant that New Zealand needed to win the final against Samoa to win the title. With a convincing six tries to one, 34–5 scoreline, they did just that and were crowned champions.[2]

2008[edit]

The 2007–08 series saw New Zealand set several records. They became the first team in the nine-year history of the IRB Sevens to have won the first four events of a season, having won the Dubai, South Africa, Wellington and USA tournaments. During the USA Sevens, they broke their own record, set in 2001 and 2002, for most consecutive match wins in the IRB Sevens. The team extended their streak of tournaments won to the first five of the season, and a record seven overall, by defeating South Africa in the final of the 2008 Hong Kong Sevens.[3]

Their record streaks of tournaments won (7) and match wins (47) ended in the final of the Adelaide Sevens with a 15–7 defeat to South Africa.[4] Although they would lose to England in the Cup quarterfinals of the next event, the London Sevens, they won the second-level Plate final, giving them enough points to secure the 2007–08 series crown with one round to spare.[5]

Honours[edit]

Win summaries[edit]

Event Venue Cup Plate Bowl Shield
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Winner Winner
2014 Wellington Sevens Westpac Stadium
New Zealand
21–0
South Africa

Australia

Kenya

United States
2013 Gold Coast Sevens Robina Stadium
New Zealand
40–19
Australia

Fiji

France

United States
2013 London Sevens Twickenham Stadium
New Zealand
47–12
Australia

Fiji

Wales
2012 South Africa Sevens Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
New Zealand
47–12
France

Wales

Australia

Spain
2012 Scotland Sevens Scotstoun Stadium
New Zealand
29–14
England

Samoa

Russia

Kenya
2012 Wellington Sevens Westpac Stadium
New Zealand
24–7
Fiji

South Africa

Kenya

Scotland
2011 South Africa Sevens Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
New Zealand
31–26
South Africa

Wales

Scotland

Zimbabwe
2011 Adelaide Sevens Adelaide Oval
New Zealand
28–20
South Africa

Wales

United States

Japan
2011 Hong Kong Sevens Hong Kong Stadium
New Zealand
29–17
England

South Africa

Canada

Kenya
2011 New Zealand Sevens Westpac Stadium
New Zealand
29–14
England

Fiji

Kenya

United States
2010 South Africa Sevens Outeniqua Park
New Zealand
22–19
England

South Africa

Scotland

Zimbabwe
2009 South Africa Sevens Outeniqua Park
New Zealand
21 – 12
Fiji

England

Wales

Scotland
2009 Dubai Sevens The Sevens
New Zealand
24 – 12
Samoa

Australia

Wales

Russia
2008 Edinburgh Sevens Murrayfield
New Zealand
24 – 14
England

South Africa

Australia

Portugal
2008 Hong Kong Sevens Hong Kong Stadium
New Zealand
26 – 12
South Africa

France

Russia
2008 USA Sevens PETCO Park
New Zealand
27 – 12
South Africa

Fiji

Wales

Australia
2008 USA Sevens PETCO Park
New Zealand
27 – 12
South Africa

Fiji

Wales

Australia
2008 Wellington Sevens Westpac Stadium
New Zealand
22 – 7
Samoa

South Africa

England

United States
2007 South Africa Sevens Outeniqua Park
New Zealand
34 – 7
Fiji

Kenya

Wales

Canada
2007 Dubai Sevens Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground
New Zealand
31 – 21
Fiji

Argentina

Australia

Zimbabwe
2007 Edinburgh Sevens Murrayfield
New Zealand
34 – 5
Samoa

Fiji

England

France
2007 London Sevens Twickenham
New Zealand
29 – 7
Fiji

South Africa

England

Kenya
2006 South Africa Sevens Outeniqua Park
New Zealand
24 – 17
South Africa

Wales

Australia

Portugal
2005 Singapore Sevens National Stadium, Singapore
New Zealand
26–5
England

Samoa

France

Chinese Taipei
2005 USA Sevens PETCO Park
New Zealand
34–5
Argentina

Fiji

Canada

Tonga
2005 New Zealand Sevens Westpac Stadium
New Zealand
31–7
Argentina

Australia

Kenya

Niue
2004 South Africa Sevens Outeniqua Park
New Zealand
33–19
Fiji

South Africa

Australia

Portugal

There are no fixtures available for 1999–2004

Current squad[edit]

The All Blacks Sevens team to take part in the upcoming Glasgow and London legs of the HSBC Sevens World Series has been named following a training camp in Mt Maunganui.[6]

A foot injury sustained at the Tokyo tournament has forced captain DJ Forbes to withdraw. Tim Mikkelson will take over as captain. In addition to DJ Forbes, Toby Arnold, Sam Dickson, Mark Jackman and David Raikuna were also not considered because of injury.

Squad to 2014 Commonwealth Games[7][edit]

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Club/province
Scott Curry Forward (1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 (age 26) New Zealand Manawatu
Tim Mikkelson Forward (1986-08-13) 13 August 1986 (age 28) New Zealand Waikato
DJ Forbes (c) Forward (1982-12-15) 15 December 1982 (age 32) New Zealand Counties Manukau
Sam Dickson Forward (1989-10-28) October 28, 1989 (age 25) New Zealand Canterbury
Akira Ioane Forward (1995-06-16) June 16, 1995 (age 19) New Zealand Auckland
Pita Ahki Back (1992-09-24) 24 September 1992 (age 22) New Zealand North Harbour
Kurt Baker Back (1988-10-07) 7 October 1988 (age 26) New Zealand Taranaki
Gillies Kaka Back (1990-05-28) 28 May 1990 (age 24) New Zealand Hawke's Bay
Ben Lam Back (1991-06-09) 9 June 1991 (age 23) New Zealand Auckland
Sherwin Stowers Back (1986-05-19) 19 May 1986 (age 28) New Zealand Counties Manukau
Bryce Heem Back (1989-01-18) January 18, 1989 (age 25) New Zealand Tasman
Declan O'Donnell Back (1990-11-28) November 28, 1990 (age 24) New Zealand Waikato
Joe Webber Back (1993-08-27) August 27, 1993 (age 21) New Zealand Waikato

2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens Squad[edit]

Coaches[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ allblacks.com (1 June 2012). "AllBlacks name extended to NZSevens and NZMaori". Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "NZ Sevens on top of the world". Television New Zealand. Newstalk ZB. 4 June 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "New Zealand maintain Series dominance in USA" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 10 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  4. ^ "South Africa halt kiwi winning streak" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 6 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  5. ^ "Samoa win London Sevens as NZ clinch Series" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 25 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  6. ^ "All Blacks Sevens team named for Glasgow and London". 1 May 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  7. ^ IRB (16 July 2014). "Commonwealth Games Sevens squads: Latest". Retrieved 24 July 2014. 

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