11 Aug 2012

Tietjens names Sevens training squad

3:17 pm on 11 August 2012

The New Zealand rugby sevens coach Gordon Tietjens has named a 20-strong squad to take part in the first training camp for the upcoming World Series season.

The camp takes place in Mt Maunganui from Monday to Wednesday.

The squad includes a mix of last year's champion team and some who have yet to play for the New Zealand sevens side.

A number of players from last year were not considered because of injury and ITM Cup commitments.

The first tournament takes place on the Gold Coast from October the 13th followed by the inaugural Argentinean tournament at La Plata from October the 20th.

Players selected for training camp:

Jacob Ale - Waikato

Mark Atkins - Otago

Tomasi Cama - Manawatu

Sam Dickson - Canterbury

DJ Forbes - Counties-Manukau

Willis Halaholo - Auckland

Kolio Hifo - Canterbury

Joe Hill - Wellington

Mark Jackman - Canterbury

Warwick Lahmert - Taranaki

Rhys Lewellyn - Canterbury

Tevita Li - North Harbour

Tim Mikkelson - Waikato

Kylem O'Donnell - Taranaki

Willie Paia'aua - Manawatu

Lote Raikabula - Wellington

Belgium Tuatagaloa - Wellington

Joe Tupe - Auckland

Gareth William-Spiers - Auckland

Jamie Verran - Canterbury