The New Zealand Olympic Committee have unveiled the 12 men’s and 12 women’s players who will go for gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from 6-11 August.
Rugby World Cup 2015 winner Sonny Bill Williams and his sister Niall Williams have both made the cut, along with brothers Akira and Rieko Loane, but there is no place for Kurt Baker or fellow RWC winner Liam Messam in the All Blacks Sevens side selected by Gordon Tietjens.
Sir Gordon Tietjens explains “To go to the Olympic Games, which is the best sporting event in the world, will be quite special. It’s going to be a challenging environment for all of us and all the teams as it’s such a new experience.
“Every player has been selected because they’ve performed well during the sevens series and in the training camps since then so have earned their position. Sevens is very competitive, so it’s important that we perform and if we perform to our potential, we’ll have a really good chance of succeeding in Rio.”
Men's squad: Scott Curry (captain), Sam Dickson, DJ Forbes, Akira Ioane, Rieko Ioane, Gillies Kaka, Tim Mikkelson, Augustine Pulu, Teddy Stanaway, Regan Ware, Joe Webber, Sonny Bill Williams.
Travelling reserves; Sione Molia, Lewis Ormond.
Women's squad: Shakira Baker, Kelly Brazier, Gayle Broughton, Theresa Fitzpatrick, Sarah Goss (captain), Kayla McAlister, Huriana Manuel, Tyla Nathan-Wong, Terina Te Tamaki, Ruby Tui, Niall Williams, Portia Woodman.
Travelling reserves: Michaela Blyde, Shiray Tane