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RE: 2018-2019 World Sevens Series
All Blacks 7s team for the Dubai Sevens:
Scott Curry - Bay of Plenty
Luke Masirewa - Bay of Plenty
Tone Ng Shiu - Tasman
Ngarohi McGarvey Black - Bay of Plenty
Dylan Collier - Waikato
Akuila Rokolisoa - Auckland
Sam Dickson - Canterbury
Andrew Knewstubb - Horowhenua Kapiti
Regan Ware - Taranaki
Kurt Baker - Taranaki
Jona Nareki - Otago
Sione Molia - Counties Manukau
Scott Gregory - Northland
Co-captain Tim Mikkelson will remain in New Zealand with the impending arrival of his first child while Northland's Scott Gregory is in line for his All Blacks Sevens debut on the World Series.
“We are under no illusions that with Olympic qualification on the line, every tournament is going to feel like a pinnacle event and teams will be wanting to finish in the top four at every tournament. So if we can make the finals at these events it would represent a great start to the season,” said Laidlaw. Sione Molia, Jona Nareki and Regan Ware all re join the All Blacks Sevens squad after impressive Mitre 10 Cup campaigns, with Ware also gaining a Maori All Blacks cap against USA earlier this month. “It has been a bit of a juggling act over the last six weeks as we assembled our full group again but these guys played well in Mitre 10 Cup and have now been getting back into sevens conditioning and catching up on some of the detail around how we want to play the game,” said Laidlaw. Vilimoni Koroi remains in New Zealand working on his reintegration to sevens after a long break since the Commonwealth Games, Joe Webber is continuing his recovery from an arthritic injury and Joe Ravouvou awaits his New Zealand citizenship after changes to the World Series eligibility rules prevents him from competing until such time.
Note the last sentence about changes in the eligibility rules. So apparently, players now need the citizenship of the country they're playing for in the World Sevens Series.
RE: 2018 November Internationals
Decision on the citing of Kolisi, following the Scotland v South Africa test:
Siya Kolisi (South Africa) Siya Kolisi (South Africa) has received a Citing Commissioner Warning from Citing Commissioner David Pelton (USA) for striking with the head (Law 9.12) during the 31st minute of the Scotland versus South Africa November test at BT Murrayfield on 17 November. Having reviewed the video angles, the Citing Commissioner determined that there were mitigating factors which meant that the action did not meet the red card threshold, including the player being illegally prevented from re-joining the play by Scotland’s Peter Horne and the moderate force of the strike to the side of the head. The match officials did not see the incident at the time on the field of play. Under World Rugby Regulation 17, a Citing Commissioner Warning is issued for offences falling just short of a RC and, or similarly to cards, will form part of the player’s disciplinary record.
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RE: NH International Rugby
When (which year) is this League of top 12 Nations supposed to start? Because if the reports in the Irish media are correct, I'm not sure how that fits in with what the Irish media are reporting:
In addition to hosting the All Blacks again in November 2021, Ireland are in line to tour New Zealand for a three-Test series in 2022. It will be Ireland’s first trek there in a decade. The Irish and New Zealand rugby unions are in negotiations to finalise agreement on the tour, but it is expected that the three-match Test series will go ahead. End-of-season tours to New Zealand are both the most daunting and desired, generally providing the toughest challenge which any seasonal itinerary can throw up.
RE: 2018 Black Ferns
This weekend's test match was the last for Linda Itunu and captain Fiao'o Faamausili, who are retiring.
This haka is a tribute by the BFs to these awesome players. Great how the French team joined the tribute by standing in line behind them.
Quite a few players made their debut for the BFs this year, such as wing Ayesha Leti-I'iga, first five-eighth Krysten Cottrell, 10/12 Ruahei Demant, reserve LH prop Leilani Perese, Monica Tagaoi, outside back Natahlia Moors, flanker Marcelle Parkes.
The Ferns were also missing several players during this tour. Some retired after the World Cup (a.o. Rawinia Everitt, not sure what happened to Hazel Tubic), some were injured (a.o. Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali; Chelsey Alley got injured v the USA), again others were with the Black Ferns 7s team (Goss, Brazier, Woodman, Fitzpatrick and Saili).
All in all, it's understandable that they were not as strong as last year and didn't dominate the French like they used to (also full credit to the French, who have improved a lot and won the Six Nations for a reason!). The BFs are re-building for the next World Cup, and no doubt that will continue next year with probably more new players being introduced.
Glen Moore has done an excellent job with this team the last few years; I hope he stays (not sure for how long he has been signed by NZR).