New Zealand national rugby sevens team

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New Zealand
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Nickname(s)All Blacks Sevens
Emblem Silver fern
Union New Zealand Rugby Union
Head coach Clark Laidlaw
Top scorer Tomasi Cama (2,026)
Top try scorer Tim Mikkelson (235)
Home stadium Waikato Stadium
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(7 April 1973)
Rugby World Cup Sevens
Appearances6 (First in 1993 )
Best resultChampions (2001, 2013, 2018)

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. They have won a record twelve World Rugby Sevens Series titles. The team has been officially known as the All Blacks Sevens since 1 June 2012. [1]

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The team played for the first time at the 1973 International Seven-A-Side Tournament. [2] In 1983 it first entered the Hong Kong Sevens, where it has been champion 10 times and runner-up another 10 times.

The All Blacks Sevens are the current Rugby World Cup Sevens, Commonwealth Games and World Series Champions.

History

World Sevens Series

The team has won thirteen of the 21 World Rugby 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, 2017 and 2018 won by South Africa. 2010 when they came second to Samoa and 2015, 2016 when Fiji won the series back to back and then in 2019 when Fiji won their 4th series title. New Zealand won a Covid-19 affect 2020 series, finishing at the top of the standings after six tournaments.

2007

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. [3]

2008

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. [4]

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. [5] 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. [6]

Honours

World Rugby Sevens Series

Rugby World Cup Sevens

Commonwealth Games

Oceania Sevens

World Rugby Sevens Series

New Zealand has won the World Rugby Sevens Series a record 12 times. 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 New Zealand Sevens Rugby Team.jpg
New Zealand national rugby sevens team at the 2009 Hong Kong Sevens
World Series Record
SeasonPosition
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
2017–183rd
2018–193rd
2019–201st
Total12 Titles/20

Global tournaments

Summer Olympic Games

Rugby World Cup Sevens

World Cup record
YearRoundPositionPldWLD
Flag of Scotland.svg 1993 Quarterfinals7th8620
Flag of Hong Kong 1959.svg 1997 Semifinals3rd4310
Flag of Argentina.svg 2001 Final1st8800
Flag of Hong Kong.svg 2005 Final2nd8710
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 2009 Quarterfinals5th4310
Flag of Russia.svg 2013 Final1st6600
Flag of the United States.svg 2018 Final1st4400
Total4 Titles7/7423750

Other international tournaments

Commonwealth Games

New Zealand is the most successful rugby sevens team at the Commonwealth Games. They have won five of the six Commonwealth Games tournaments so far, and finished second once. The team has only once lost a match at the Commonwealth Games — losing to South Africa in the final of the 2014 tournament.

Commonwealth record
YearRoundPositionPldWLD
Flag of Malaysia.svg 1998 Finals1st6600
Flag of England.svg 2002 Finals1st6600
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2006 Finals1st6600
Flag of India.svg 2010 Finals1st6600
Flag of Scotland.svg 2014 Finals2nd6510
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2018 Finals1st5500
Flag of England.svg 2022 Schedule to be confirmed
Total5 Titles6/6353410

Oceania Sevens

Oceania record
YearRoundPosition
Flag of Samoa.svg 2008 None
Flag of French Polynesia.svg 2009
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2010
Flag of Samoa.svg 2011
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2012
Flag of Fiji.svg 2013
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2014 Finals2nd
Flag of New Zealand.svg 2015 None
Flag of Fiji.svg 2016
Flag of Fiji.svg 2017 Finals2nd
Flag of Fiji.svg 2018 Finals2nd
Total0 Titles3/11

Win summaries

EventVenueCupPlateBowlShield
WinnerFinal ScoreRunner-upWinnerWinnerWinner
2019 Sydney Sevens Sydney Showground Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
21–5Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
2017 South Africa Sevens Cape Town Stadium Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
38–14Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Kenya.svg
Kenya
2016 Canada Sevens BC Place Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
19–14Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
2016 Sydney Sevens Sydney Football Stadium Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
27–24Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg
Wales
2016 Wellington Sevens Westpac Stadium Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
24–21Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of France.svg
France
2015 Wellington Sevens Westpac Stadium Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
27–21Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
2014 London Sevens Twickenham Stadium Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
52–33Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
2014 Scotland Sevens Scotstoun Stadium Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
54–7Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg
Wales
2014 Hong Kong Sevens Hong Kong Stadium Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
26–7Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Scotland.svg
Scotland
Flag of Kenya.svg
Kenya
2014 Wellington Sevens Westpac Stadium Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
21–0Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Kenya.svg
Kenya
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
2013 Gold Coast Sevens Robina Stadium Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
40–19Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
2013 London Sevens Twickenham Stadium Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
47–12Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg
Wales
2012 South Africa Sevens Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
47–12Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg
Wales
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
2012 Scotland Sevens Scotstoun Stadium Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
29–14Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
Flag of Kenya.svg
Kenya
2012 Wellington Sevens Westpac Stadium Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
24–7Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Kenya.svg
Kenya
Flag of Scotland.svg
Scotland
2011 South Africa Sevens Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
31–26Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg
Wales
Flag of Scotland.svg
Scotland
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg
Zimbabwe
2011 Adelaide Sevens Adelaide Oval Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
28–20Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg
Wales
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
2011 Hong Kong Sevens Hong Kong Stadium Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
29–17Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
Flag of Kenya.svg
Kenya
2011 New Zealand Sevens Westpac Stadium Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
29–14Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of Kenya.svg
Kenya
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
2010 South Africa Sevens Outeniqua Park Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
22–19Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Scotland.svg
Scotland
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg
Zimbabwe
2009 South Africa Sevens Outeniqua Park Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
21 – 12Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg
Wales
Flag of Scotland.svg
Scotland
2009 Dubai Sevens The Sevens Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
24 – 12Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg
Wales
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
2008 Edinburgh Sevens Murrayfield Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
24 – 14Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal
2008 Hong Kong Sevens Hong Kong Stadium Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
26 – 12Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
2008 USA Sevens Petco Park Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
27 – 12Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg
Wales
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
2008 USA Sevens Petco Park Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
27 – 12Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg
Wales
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
2008 Wellington Sevens Westpac Stadium Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
22 – 7Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
2007 South Africa Sevens Outeniqua Park Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
34 – 7Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of Kenya.svg
Kenya
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg
Wales
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
2007 Dubai Sevens Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
31 – 21Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg
Zimbabwe
2007 Edinburgh Sevens Murrayfield Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
34 – 5Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of France.svg
France
2007 London Sevens Twickenham Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
29 – 7Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Kenya.svg
Kenya
2006 South Africa Sevens Outeniqua Park Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
24 – 17Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg
Wales
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal
2005 Singapore Sevens National Stadium, Singapore Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
26–5Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg
Chinese Taipei
2005 USA Sevens Petco Park Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
34–5Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
Flag of Tonga.svg
Tonga
2005 New Zealand Sevens Westpac Stadium Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
31–7Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Kenya.svg
Kenya
Flag of Niue.svg
Niue
2004 South Africa Sevens Outeniqua Park Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
33–19Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal

There are no fixtures available for 1999–2004

Team

Current squad

Scott Curry (Co-Captain)
Tim Mikkelson (Co-Captain)
Kurt Baker
Caleb Clarke
Dylan Collier
Sam Dickson
Trael Joass
Vilimoni Koroi
Andrew Knewstubb

Moses Leo
Ngarohi McGarvey-Black
Sione Molia
Etene Nanai-Seturo
Tone Ng Shiu
Amanaki Nicole
Salesi Rayasi
Akuila Rokolisoa

Brady Rush
Ollie Sapsford
William Warbrick
Regan Ware
Joe Webber
Kitiona Vai

Player records

The following shows leading career New Zealand players based on performance in the World Rugby Sevens Series. Players in bold are still active.

Tries scored [7]
No.PlayerTries
1 Tim Mikkelson 235
2 DJ Forbes 153
3 Tomasi Cama 145
4 Kurt Baker 126
5 Sherwin Stowers 126

World Rugby Player of the Year

Several New Zealand players have won or been nominated for the World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year award. The following table shows the players who have been nominated for the award at least twice and won the award at least once.

PlayerWinsYearsFinalistYears
Tim Mikkelson 1201332011, 2013, 2014
Tomasi Cama Jr. 1201222011, 2012
DJ Forbes 1200822007, 2008

Former squads

New Zealand team to the 2017 Canada Sevens

The following is the New Zealand roster for the 2017 Canada Sevens tournament: [8]

Head coach: Scott Waldrom

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)MatchesPointsTriesUnion
FW Scott Curry (c) (1988-05-17)17 May 1988 (aged 28)14841080 Flag of New Zealand.svg Bay of Plenty
BK Tim Mikkelson (1986-08-13)13 August 1986 (aged 30)330959189 Flag of New Zealand.svg Waikato
FW DJ Forbes (1982-12-15)15 December 1982 (aged 34)420737147 Flag of New Zealand.svg Counties Manukau
BK Sione Molia (1993-09-05)5 September 1993 (aged 23)557515 Flag of New Zealand.svg Counties Manukau
FW Dylan Collier (1991-04-27)27 April 1991 (aged 25)969018 Flag of New Zealand.svg Southland
BK Ambrose Curtis (1992-04-17)17 April 1992 (aged 24)6219038 Flag of New Zealand.svg Manawatu
FW Iopu Iopu-Aso (1991-04-01)1 April 1991 (aged 25)30255 Flag of New Zealand.svg Taranaki
FW Trael Joass (1993-05-12)12 May 1993 (aged 23)1051 Flag of New Zealand.svg Tasman
BK Vilimoni Koroi (1998-04-17)17 April 1998 (aged 18)15262 Flag of New Zealand.svg Otago
BK Sherwin Stowers (1986-05-19)19 May 1986 (aged 30)177616122 Flag of New Zealand.svg Counties Manukau
BK Isaac Te Tamaki (1995-02-20)20 February 1995 (aged 22)41477 Flag of New Zealand.svg Waikato
BK Beaudein Waaka (1993-01-27)27 January 1993 (aged 24)5222313 Flag of New Zealand.svg 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. [9]

Head coach: Gordon Tietjens

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)EventsPointsUnion
1 FW Scott Curry (c) (1988-05-17)17 May 1988 (aged 28)31360 Flag of New Zealand.svg Bay of Plenty
2 BK Tim Mikkelson (1986-08-13)13 August 1986 (aged 29)62882 Flag of New Zealand.svg Waikato
3 FW Akira Ioane (1995-06-16)16 June 1995 (aged 21)977 Flag of New Zealand.svg Blues
4 FW DJ Forbes (1982-12-15)15 December 1982 (aged 33)79687 Flag of New Zealand.svg Counties Manukau
5 BK Lewis Ormond (1994-02-05)5 February 1994 (aged 22)882 Flag of New Zealand.svg Taranaki
6 BK Augustine Pulu (1990-01-04)4 January 1990 (aged 26)645 Flag of New Zealand.svg Blues
7 FW Sam Dickson (1989-10-28)28 October 1989 (aged 26)29232 Flag of New Zealand.svg Canterbury
8 BK Gillies Kaka (1990-05-28)28 May 1990 (aged 26)30721 Flag of New Zealand.svg Hawke's Bay
9 BK Regan Ware (1994-08-07)7 August 1994 (aged 21)985 Flag of New Zealand.svg Bay of Plenty
10 BK Rieko Ioane (1997-03-18)18 March 1997 (aged 19)10265 Flag of New Zealand.svg Blues
11 BK Joe Webber (1993-08-27)27 August 1993 (aged 22)23357 Flag of New Zealand.svg Bay of Plenty
12 BK Sonny Bill Williams (1985-08-03)3 August 1985 (aged 31)620 Flag of New Zealand.svg Blues
13 BK Sione Molia (1993-09-05)5 September 1993 (aged 22)635 Flag of New Zealand.svg Counties Manukau

Coaches

See also

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