Halai and King return for New Zealand Sevens

(IRB.COM) Monday 30 April 2012
Halai and King return for New Zealand Sevens
Frank Halai has scored 27 tries so far this season and lies second in the charts behind only England's Dan Norton

New Zealand's leading try-scorer this season Frank Halai has recovered from the injury that ruled him out of contention in Hong Kong and Tokyo to take his place in the squad named by Gordon Tietjens for the Series finale.

Tietjens has named his squad of 12 for the final two rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Scotland and England, with Halai and forward Solomon King both reinstated.

Halai led the scoring charts after the USA Sevens in Las Vegas but was overtaken by England's Dan Norton on the Asian leg of the Series.


New Zealand's team was named following New Zealand's 19-35 loss to Australia in an international exhibition match played as a curtain raiser to the Investec Super Rugby fixture between the Waratahs and Crusaders on Sunday.

New Zealand captain DJ Forbes will play in his 50th IRB Sevens World Series tournament in Scotland, while teammate Lote Raikabula would notch up his 50th appearance if he plays in both Glasgow and London, next weekend.

For Tietjens the match against Australia served as a good opportunity to give game time to some younger players, and those coming back from injury.

"We know that these final two tournaments will be tough. Fiji are right behind us on the ladder and we will have to be at the top of our game if we want to finish the season in that top spot," he said.

The defending champions head into the final two tournaments of the HSBC Sevens World Series leading with 128 points. Fiji is in second place on 122 points.

New Zealand Sevens squad: Tomasi Cama, DJ Forbes, Frank Halai, Bryce Heem, Mark Jackman, Solomon King, Tim Mikkelson, Waisake Naholo, Charles Piutau, Lote Raikabula, Ardie Savea, Joe Webber

Players not considered for selection due to injury are Toby Arnold (knee) and Scott Curry (shoulder).

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