All Blacks 7s playmaker Vilimoni Koroi has been left of the world cup 7s squad.

Koroi, former captain Sam Dickson and Joe Webber will not make the trip to San Francisco.

But the Fijian influence is still there in the team with Akuila Rokolisoa, Joe Ravouvou, Jona Nareki and Salesi Rayasi all named in the final 12 member side.

Both teams travel to USA this weekend as defending World Cup champions with a high-stakes new knock-out format effectively equalising the playing field for the 24 countries in the men’s tournament, and 16 national unions in the women’s field.
Both teams travel to USA this weekend as defending World Cup champions with a high-stakes new knock-out format effectively equalising the playing field for the 24 countries in the men’s tournament, and 16 national unions in the women’s field.
In naming the squads at the new home of New Zealand sevens high performance – Mt Maunganui – New Zealand Rugby’s Chief Rugby Officer Nigel Cass said excitement was growing as the tournament approached.

“The All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens captured the nation’s attention with stunning gold medal wins at the Commonwealth Games and we look forward to seeing their performances in San Francisco.

“Rugby is growing as a global sport, and to play a World Cup tournament in San Francisco opens up a whole new audience, so we know there will be a lot of interest in this tournament.

“We wish the teams, and coaches Clark Laidlaw and Allan Bunting, the very best of luck for their campaigns, and we look forward to them doing us proud and continuing to inspire the next generation of sevens stars,” said Cass.

The All Blacks Sevens team is:

Kurt Baker – Manawatu
Dylan Collier – Waikato
Scott Curry – captain – Bay of Plenty
Trael Joass – Tasman
Andrew Knewstubb – Horowhenua Kapiti
Jona Nareki – Otago
Tim Mikkelson – captain – Waikato
Sione Molia – Counties Manukau
Salesi Rayasi – Auckland
Joe Ravouvou – Auckland
Akuila Rokolisoa – Auckland
Regan Ware – Bay of Plenty

Unavailable for selection: Joe Webber, Vilimoni Koroi, Amanaki Nicole, Sam Dickson, Etene Nanai-Seturo and Ngarohi McGarvey-Black.

All Blacks Sevens coach Clark Laidlaw said the unique nature of the knock out competition contributed to it being a difficult squad to select.

“Getting the balance of the squad right was the main thing. It’s a different tournament in that its four games instead of six and we can only take 12 players, so we were looking to have flexibility in the 12 in terms of the positions they cover.

“No team has ever won back to back World Cup titles since it’s started so we have certainly talked about that and about being the first team to change that. We know there are massive challenges to come, all the teams will be really well prepared,” said Laidlaw.

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