New Zealand Sevens name World Cup squads

The All Blacks and Black Ferns Sevens squads to defend New Zealand’s titles at the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, USA, have been named.

Both teams travel to USA this weekend as defending World Cup champions with a 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.

The All Blacks Sevens will play the winner of Russia v Hong Kong in their first match on Saturday 21 July.

The Black Ferns Sevens face Mexico in their opening match of the World Cup on Friday 20 July.

All Blacks Sevens squad: Kurt Baker (Manawatu), Dylan Collier (Waikato), Scott Curry -(Bay of Plenty, cc), Trael Joass (Tasman), Andrew Knewstubb (Horowhenua Kapiti), Jona Nareki (Otago), Tim Mikkelson (Waikato, cc), Sione Molia (Counties Manukau), Salesi Rayasi (Auckland), Joe Ravouvou (Auckland), Akuila Rokolisoa (Auckland), Regan Ware (Bay of Plenty)

Black Ferns Sevens squad: Shakira Baker (Waikato), Michaela Blyde (Bay of Plenty), Kelly Brazier (Bay of Plenty), Gayle Broughton (Bay of Plenty), Theresa Fitzpatrick (Auckland), Sarah Goss (Manawatu, c), Tyla Nathan-Wong (Auckland), Ruby Tui (Bay of Plenty), Stacey Waaka (Waikato), Niall Williams (Auckland), Tenika Willison (Waikato), Portia Woodman (Counties Manukau)