Topic: Rugby

All Blacks team pumped for Wellington Sevens

  • Wellington

The All Black Sevens team are pumped and ready to go two days out from the Wellington Sevens.

The team knows this leg will be crucial in defending their Wellington title from last year as they currently sit third on the table in the HSBC series.

Playing at home comes with pressure but it also gives the team extra motivation.

Gillies Kaka says, "It's nice to play in front of a home crowd.  We don't really get to play with our friends and family there so it's a big occasion for all!”

While Joe Webber has been part of the sevens team since 2011, this will be his first time playing at the Wellington Sevens.

"I was unlucky to miss the last two or three so looking forward to this weekend.  Heaps of the boys are coming down and I think dad and his partner are making the trip so it's exciting," says Webber.

Veteran Tim Mikkelson won't be playing though.  He's been ruled out through a groin injury so Wellington's Murphy Taramai has been brought in to replace him.

The team needs to produce a good result this weekend, sitting third behind Fiji and leaders South Africa.

Kaka says, "South Africa and Fiji have good form this year, they've had a couple of victories so we'll try and knock those fellas off their perch."

Webber says, "We've had a slow start to the series so hopefully we can get a good result and kick on from there."

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