Oceania 7s: All Blacks to use tourney as a building block

THE All Blacks 7s has brought a strong team to Fiji and will look to use the 2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship as a building block to the upcoming first leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series 2018/2019. Joe Ravouvou attacks with the help of Amanaki Nicole (left) during the training at Albert Park this afternoon. Picture: RAMA

THE All Blacks 7s has brought a strong team to Fiji and will look to use the 2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship as a building block to the upcoming first leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series 2018/2019 and is excited about being here.

All Blacks 7s coach Clark Laidlaw has bought an experienced squad to the tournament and is excited about being in Fiji.

“It is always exciting to come and play in Fiji, especially if we get a chance to play against Fiji this weekend,” Laidlaw said.

“Our players are excited. We had a big travel day yesterday, so it was good to get here and start our processes leading into the weekend.”

Laidlaw said Australia and Fiji had strong squads so his side would take the tournament one day at a time.

The All Black 7s reached the cup final last year, but lost to Fiji 0-26.

“We were lucky to play Fiji last year and we have a couple of Fijian boys that will be excited to get the opportunity to play again,”

All Blacks 7s squad: Jordan Bunce, Dylan Collier, Scott Curry, Sam Dickson, Taylor Haugh, Trael Joass, Luke Masirewa, Tim Mikkelson, Tone Ng Shiu, Amanaki Nicole, Ngarohi McGarvey-Black, Joe Ravouvou, Andrew Knewstubb.

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