After finishing 4th overall in the 2016/2017 season of the World Series Sevens, New Zealand are in a comfortable position compared to most teams. However, in the 2017/2018 season they will have a new coach and will also be without the expertise of DJ Forbes, the worlds most capped Sevens player ever, as he enters retirement. Last year, New Zealand’s best finishes were at Cape Town, Sydney and Paris where they placed 3rd. The 2017/2018 season will tell if New Zealand can excel without Forbes and possibly crack a finals finish at one of the tour stops.
Only five percent of New Zealand’s population are humans, the rest are animals.
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Vilimoni Koroi made his World Series Sevens debut in front of a home crowd at the Wellington Sevens in early 2017. At only 18 years old he is the youngest member of the All Blacks Sevens squad, but is considered a star in the making, with some already comparing him to New Zealand sevens great Tomasi Cama.
World Series ranking 2016/2017:
2017 Sydney Sevens placing: