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Rugbyheaven.co.nz wrote:
New Zealand sevens coach Gordon Tietjens is hoping for more success than four years ago as he delves into the ranks of the Super 14 to select the strongest possible team for the World Cup.

Tietjens should know next week which, if any, Super 14 players are available for New Zealand's World Cup assault at Dubai from March 5-7.

No more than one player can be selected from each of New Zealand's five franchises.

Tietjens has nominated up to five players at each of the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders that he is interested in and expects to hear results via the New Zealand Rugby Union next week.

The process caused some consternation in 2005 when several leading players such as All Blacks wingers Joe Rokocoko, Rico Gear and Caleb Ralph rejected the offer.

Tietjens ended up taking just three Super 12 players to Hong Kong - Blues winger Rudi Wulf, Highlanders flanker Josh Blackie and Crusaders forward George Naoupu.

The master coach lamented the mixed reaction ahead of that tournament, where a New Zealand team captained by Liam Messam lost the final 29-19 to Fiji.

He is in the dark over the level of player interest this year as he has no direct contact with players. The NZRU acts as an intermediary.

"It will depend on what direction the player wants to go," Tietjens told NZPA.

"As an example, if Liam Messam feels that he's just cracked the All Blacks, he might want to really concentrate on Super 14 at that time of year and therefore not be considered.

"On the other hand he may say 'I'm really keen to have a crack at the World Cup'.

"They may talk to their peers, their coaches, (All Blacks coach) Graham Henry. I'm not sure what the process is.

"All I've done is express an interest in these players and I'm just waiting for an answer."

For any player or franchise that agrees, Tietjens then has to assess their physical and mental state ahead of the rigorous sevens-specific training his team go through.

"I'd have to be quite confident that that player could make the transition to sevens in that short space of time.

"Some can and some can't and that's exactly what I face for the Commonwealth Games as well."

Any player he selects would also miss two or three early rounds of the Super 14 as Tietjens will need them for full time training over that period.
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PostSubject: Re: Tietjens wants Super 14 Players for Sevens WC   Tietjens wants Super 14 Players for Sevens WC Icon_minitimeFri Jan 23, 2009 3:24 am

Who would you pick from the NZ Super 14 teams for the sevens team?

Off the top of my head:

Cory Jane
David Smith
Liam Messam
Anthony Tuitavake
Victor Vito
Scott Waldrom
Casey Laulala
Jared Payne
Fetu'u Vainakolo
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PostSubject: Re: Tietjens wants Super 14 Players for Sevens WC   Tietjens wants Super 14 Players for Sevens WC Icon_minitimeFri Jan 23, 2009 3:30 am

Liam Messam
Joe Rokocoko
Zac Guilford
Ma'a Nonu
Isaia Toeava
Victor Vito
Sitiveni Sivivatu
Alando Soakai
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PostSubject: Re: Tietjens wants Super 14 Players for Sevens WC   Tietjens wants Super 14 Players for Sevens WC Icon_minitimeSun Jan 25, 2009 2:43 am

I hope they clear ALL 5 of his first choice players to play! He's been an
awesome servant to rugby, and he and his players have never bad-mouthed
NZRFU for continually taking his players off him mid-season to refurbish
dwindling stocks in the 15 man game.
He's class. I hope the Olympics get sevens on their program, unfortunately,
it wont be in his coaching lifetime...
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PostSubject: Re: Tietjens wants Super 14 Players for Sevens WC   Tietjens wants Super 14 Players for Sevens WC Icon_minitimeTue Jan 27, 2009 4:21 am

Cory Jane
David Smith
Liam Messam
Anthony Tuitavake
Victor Vito
Scott Waldrom
Rene Ranger
Israel Dagg
Fetu'u Vainakolo
Lelia Masaga
Joe Rocokoco
Kade Poki
Sitiveni Sivivatu
Zac Guildford
Hosea Gear

i could go on for ages lol
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PostSubject: Re: Tietjens wants Super 14 Players for Sevens WC   Tietjens wants Super 14 Players for Sevens WC Icon_minitimeWed Jan 28, 2009 7:43 pm

I'm Looking forward to the wellington sevens as I have tickets to go.

They should just give tietjens what he wants cos he's a legend.
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PostSubject: Re: Tietjens wants Super 14 Players for Sevens WC   Tietjens wants Super 14 Players for Sevens WC Icon_minitimeThu Jan 29, 2009 5:16 am

Ohh your soo lucky haha the wellington 7s are awesome!
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