All Blacks training squad for Commonwealth Games
June 18, 2002

New Zealand sevens coach Gordon Tietjens has included six members of the Kiwis' 1998 Commonwealth Games winning team in his training squad for this summer's Games in Manchester.

Rico Gear, Roger Randle, Bruce Reihana, Dallas Seymour, Amasio Valence and the inspirational Eric Rush will all be hoping to add gold to the one they won in Kuala Lumpur four years ago.

They have been included in a 23-man training squad that will be put though their paces with fitness testing and trials before being reduced to 12 during a training camp at Mt Maunganui.

New Zealand will again be the team to beat in Manchester having enjoyed another outstanding season in the IRB world sevens series.

The two-time reigning sevens series champions made it a hat-trick of successes as they picked up seven victories in 11 tournaments.

Training squad:

Josh Blackie (Otago),Nick Collins (Bay Of Plenty), Craig De Goldi (Auckland), Nick Evans (North Harbour), Brad Fleming (Wellington), Rico Gear (North Harbour), Damian Karauna (Waikato), Johnny Leo'o (Canterbury), Chris Masoe (Taranaki), Malili Muliaina (Auckland), Craig Newby (North Harbour), Matua Parkinson (North Harbour), Roger Randle (Waikato), Hayden Reid (North Harbour), Bruce Reihana (Waikato), Joe Rokocoko (Auckland), Eric Rush (North Harbour), Dallas Seymour (Canterbury), Rodney So'oialo (Wellington), Karl Te Nana (North Harbour), Anthony Tuitavake (North Harbour), Amasio Valence (Auckland), Justin Wilson (Auckland).

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