Blow for NZ Sevens as Halai ruled out

(IRB.COM) Saturday 17 March 2012
 
 Blow for NZ Sevens as Halai ruled out
Frank Halai has scored 27 tries so far this season but will not add to his tally in Hong Kong or Tokyo

The leading try-scorer in the 2011/12 HSBC Sevens World Series, Frank Halai, has been ruled out of the upcoming Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens with a hamstring injury.

The loss of Halai is a major blow for New Zealand Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens, who must also make do without forward Solomon King and playmaker Toby Arnold.

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Tietjens has named one debutant in his side to compete in the Hong Kong and Japan rounds of the World Series, 19 year old Auckland player Lolagi Visinia.

Waikato’s Joe Webber has also been recalled to the squad as cover for Arnold, who suffered a knee injury during the Hertz Sevens in Wellington.

“We currently lead the Series ladder, but we know there are a few teams very close behind us so we’ll need to be at the top of our game for this leg," said Tietjens, who is eying his 10th World Series crown.

“We are really looking forward to heading to Asia. Hong Kong is a favourite tournament of ours and we always get well supported there.

"This will also be the first time (since 2002) we have played in Japan where rugby is really growing in popularity.”

The New Zealand Sevens team will play pool games against South Africa, Wales and USA at the So Kon Po Stadium

They will be wearing black arm bands during the Hong Kong tournament as a mark of respect for former All Black and New Zealand Rugby Union Chairman Jock Hobbs, who passed away in Wellington earlier this week.

New Zealand Sevens Squad: Tomasi Cama, DJ Forbes, Bryce Heem, Mark Jackman, Tim Mikkelson, Waisake Naholo, Kylem O’Donnell, Charles Piutau, Lote Raikabula, Ardie Savea, Lolagi Visinia, Joe Webber

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Hong Kong Sevens

Round 7
28-30 Mar 2014

Venue: Hong Kong Stadium
City: Hong Kong
Capacity: 40,000 

 
Pools
Pool A
TeamPlayedPts
FIJ39
WAL37
KEN35
SRI33
Pool B
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AUS39
RSA37
FRA35
ESP33
Pool C
TeamPlayedPts
ENG39
CAN37
ARG35
POR33
Pool D
TeamPlayedPts
NZL39
USA35
SAM35
SCO35
more
Photos
  • DJ Forbes, NZ
  • Tom Mitchell of England
  • NZ win HK Sevens