Kaka returns for All Blacks Sevens

Date published: April 28 2015

New Zealand will be boosted by the return to action of playmaker Gillies Kaka when they play at the Glasgow and London legs of the World Sevens Series.

Kaka, who has not played since injuring his hand at the Las Vegas Sevens, is back for the remaining World Sevens events on May 9-10 and May 16-17. 

"Gillies has a big influence on the way we play and with Beaudein Waaka it gives us huge depth in the crucial position of half back," coach Gordon Tietjens told allblacks.com.

Counties Manukau back Sam Vaka is also back after being injured in the National Sevens in January. He earns a recall having last played in the Port Elizabeth tournament last December.

"Sam's a powerful player, strong in contact and very quick. He's someone who gives it his all when he plays in the black jersey so we're looking forward to him performing well in Glasgow," added Tietjens.

New Zealand currently lies third in the Series behind Fiji and South Africa, winning just one tournament this season. The top four teams automatically qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games.

All Blacks Sevens: Scott Curry, Ambrose Curtis, Dylan Collier, Sam Dickson, Gillies Kaka, DJ Forbes (c), Reiko Ioane, Tim Mikkelson, Sherwin Stowers, Beaudein Waaka, Joe Webber, Sam Vaka