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New Zealand national rugby sevens team

The New Zealand national rugby sevens team competes in the World Rugby Sevens Series, Rugby World Cup Sevens, Summer Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games. The team has been officially known as the All Blacks Sevens since 1 June 2012.[1]

New Zealand
Shirt badge/Association crest
EmblemSilver fern
UnionNew Zealand Rugby Union
Head coachClark Laidlaw
CaptainScott Curry
Top scorerTomasi Cama (2026)
Top try scorerTim Mikkelson (168)
Home stadiumWaikato Stadium
First colours
Second colours
Rugby World Cup Sevens
Appearances6 (First in 1993)
Best resultChampions (2001, 2013, 2018)

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

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HistoryEdit

IRB SevensEdit

The team has won twelve of the eighteen 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, 2010 when they came second to Samoa and 2015/2016 when Fiji won the series back to back. The team has won 47 tournaments out of 122 held.

2007Edit

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]

2008Edit

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]

HonoursEdit

World Rugby Sevens SeriesEdit

New Zealand has won the World Rugby Sevens Series a record 12 times. No other country has won more than twice. New Zealand were particularly dominant in the early years of the Series, winning the first six series.

 
New Zealand national rugby sevens team at the 2009 Hong Kong Sevens
World Series Record
Season Position
1999–00 1st
2000–01 1st
2001–02 1st
2002–03 1st
2003–04 1st
2004–05 1st
2005–06 4th
2006–07 1st
2007–08 1st
2008–09 4th
2009–10 2nd
2010–11 1st
2011–12 1st
2012–13 1st
2013–14 1st
2014–15 3rd
2015–16 3rd
2016–17 4th
2017–18 3rd
Total 12 Titles/19

Global tournamentsEdit

Summer Olympic GamesEdit

Rugby World Cup SevensEdit

World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
  1993 Quarterfinals 7th 8 6 2 0
  1997 Semifinals 3rd 4 3 1 0
  2001 Champions 1st 8 8 0 0
  2005 Runners-Up 2nd 8 7 1 0
  2009 Quarterfinals 5th 4 3 1 0
  2013 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0
  2018 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0
Total 3 Titles 6/6 42 37 5 0

Other international tournamentsEdit

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Commonwealth record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
  1998 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0
  2002 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0
  2006 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0
  2010 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0
  2014 Runners-Up 2nd 6 5 1 0
  2018 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0
  2022 Schedule to be confirmed
Total 5 Titles 6/6 35 34 1 0

Oceania SevensEdit

Oceania record
Year Round Position
  2008 None
  2009
  2010
  2011
  2012
  2013
  2014 Runners-up 2nd
  2015 None
  2016
  2017 Runners-up 2nd
  2018 Runners-up 2nd
Total 0 Titles 3/11

Win summariesEdit

Event Venue Cup Plate Bowl Shield
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Winner Winner
2019 Sydney Sevens Sydney Showground  
New Zealand
21–5  
United States
 
England
 
Fiji
 
Argentina
2017 South Africa Sevens Cape Town Stadium  
New Zealand
38–14  
Argentina
 
Fiji
 
Australia
 
Kenya
2016 Canada Sevens BC Place  
New Zealand
19–14  
South Africa
 
Samoa
 
Canada
 
Russia
2016 Sydney Sevens Sydney Football Stadium  
New Zealand
27–24  
Australia
 
Argentina
 
Canada
 
Wales
2016 Wellington Sevens Westpac Stadium  
New Zealand
24–21  
South Africa
 
Australia
 
Samoa
 
France
2015 Wellington Sevens Westpac Stadium  
New Zealand
27–21  
England
 
Fiji
 
France
 
Canada
2014 London Sevens Twickenham Stadium  
New Zealand
52–33  
Australia
 
South Africa
 
Canada
 
United States
2014 Scotland Sevens Scotstoun Stadium  
New Zealand
54–7  
Canada
 
England
 
France
 
Wales
2014 Hong Kong Sevens Hong Kong Stadium  
New Zealand
26–7  
England
 
South Africa
 
Scotland
 
Kenya
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

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

Former squadsEdit

New Zealand team to the 2017 Canada Sevens

The following is the New Zealand roster for the 2017 Canada Sevens tournament:[6]

Head coach: Scott Waldrom

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Matches Points Tries Union
FW Scott Curry (c) (1988-05-17)17 May 1988 (aged 28) 148 410 80   Bay of Plenty
BK Tim Mikkelson (1986-08-13)13 August 1986 (aged 30) 330 959 189   Waikato
FW DJ Forbes (1982-12-15)15 December 1982 (aged 34) 420 737 147   Counties Manukau
BK Sione Molia (1993-09-05)5 September 1993 (aged 23) 55 75 15   Counties Manukau
FW Dylan Collier (1991-04-27)27 April 1991 (aged 25) 96 90 18   Southland
BK Ambrose Curtis (1992-04-17)17 April 1992 (aged 24) 62 190 38   Manawatu
FW Iopu Iopu-Aso (1991-04-01)1 April 1991 (aged 25) 30 25 5   Taranaki
FW Trael Joass (1993-05-12)12 May 1993 (aged 23) 10 5 1   Tasman
BK Vilimoni Koroi (1998-04-17)17 April 1998 (aged 18) 15 26 2   Otago
BK Sherwin Stowers (1986-05-19)19 May 1986 (aged 30) 177 616 122   Counties Manukau
BK Isaac Te Tamaki (1995-02-20)20 February 1995 (aged 22) 41 47 7   Waikato
BK Beaudein Waaka (1993-01-27)27 January 1993 (aged 24) 52 223 13   Taranaki

Thirteenth player: Andrew Knewstubb Tasman

Travelling reserve: Tone Ng Shiu Tasman

New Zealand team to the 2016 Summer Olympics

The following is the New Zealand roster in the men's rugby sevens tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[7]

Head coach: Gordon Tietjens

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Events Points Union
1 FW Scott Curry (c) (1988-05-17)17 May 1988 (aged 28) 31 360   Bay of Plenty
2 BK Tim Mikkelson (1986-08-13)13 August 1986 (aged 29) 62 882   Waikato
3 FW Akira Ioane (1995-06-16)16 June 1995 (aged 21) 9 77   Blues
4 FW DJ Forbes (1982-12-15)15 December 1982 (aged 33) 79 687   Counties Manukau
5 BK Lewis Ormond (1994-02-05)5 February 1994 (aged 22) 8 82   Taranaki
6 BK Augustine Pulu (1990-01-04)4 January 1990 (aged 26) 6 45   Blues
7 FW Sam Dickson (1989-10-28)28 October 1989 (aged 26) 29 232   Canterbury
8 BK Gillies Kaka (1990-05-28)28 May 1990 (aged 26) 30 721   Hawke's Bay
9 BK Regan Ware (1994-08-07)7 August 1994 (aged 21) 9 85   Bay of Plenty
10 BK Rieko Ioane (1997-03-18)18 March 1997 (aged 19) 10 265   Blues
11 BK Joe Webber (1993-08-27)27 August 1993 (aged 22) 23 357   Bay of Plenty
12 BK Sonny Bill Williams (1985-08-03)3 August 1985 (aged 31) 6 20   Blues
13 BK Sione Molia (1993-09-05)5 September 1993 (aged 22) 6 35   Counties Manukau

CoachesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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 11 February 2008.
  4. ^ "South Africa halt kiwi winning streak" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 6 April 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  5. ^ "Samoa win London Sevens as NZ clinch Series" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 25 May 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2008.
  6. ^ http://www.allblacks.com/News/30479/all-blacks-sevens-team-for-vancouver-tournament-named
  7. ^ "Historic first for Rugby Sevens as 24 athletes named for Olympic Games". New Zealand Olympic Committee. 3 July 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.

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