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Sam Dickson to bring up 50th tournament at HSBC Cape Town Sevens

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The All Blacks Sevens will be looking for a strong performance in Cape Town this weekend to celebrate Sam Dickson running out for his 50th World Series tournament for the All Blacks Sevens.

The Canterbury forward becomes just the sixth player to reach the milestone for the All Blacks Sevens after making his debut in 2012 at Dubai.

The All Blacks Sevens team is (-denotes debut);

1. Scott Curry - co-captain

2. Tim Mikkelson - co-capain

3. Tone Ng Shiu

4. Salesi Rayasi

5. Dylan Collier

6. Ngarohi McGarvey-Black

7. Sam Dickson

8. Andrew Knewstubb

9. Regan Ware

10. Kurt Baker

11. Joe Webber

12. Akuila Rokolisoa

13. William Warbrick- (travelling reserve)

Coach Clark Laidlaw paid credit to a resilient Dickson, who joins Co-Captains Scott Curry and Tim Mikkelson as current players to have reached the milestone.

"It’s a massive achievement and shows real resilience and consistency to reach 50 tournaments. It is a huge credit to Sam and the team is really excited to get out there and play with him for his 50th".

A knee injury to Sione Molia sees Akuila Rokolisoa join the playing 12 and a potential debut for William Warbrick who is the travelling reserve.

"It’s disappointing to lose Sione but we have a strong squad over here and it gives Akuila a chance to come in and play well."

Laidlaw congratulated Tone Ng Shiu for receiving the Richard Crawshaw Memorial Trophy for Sevens Player of the Year at last night’s ASB Rugby Awards and noted the awards collected by the Black Ferns Sevens.

"Tone has had a great year, and he continued that last weekend, being named in the Dream Team in Dubai. Also, the awards that Sarah, Cory, Allan and the Black Ferns Sevens picked up last night is a great acknowledgement for sevens rugby in our country," said Laidlaw.

The All Blacks Sevens opened the HSBC World Series with a second place in Dubai last weekend, thus sit second on the overall standings behind this week’s hosts South Africa. Drawn in Pool B, they will meet Wales and Canada for the second week in a row, and close out pool play against Argentina.

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