Mikkelson to skipper New Zealand

Date published: January 19 2016

Experienced forward Tim Mikkelson will captain the All Blacks Sevens for the remaining eight rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Mikkelson replaces Scott Curry who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in Dubai, with head coach Gordon Tietjens hailing his new skipper.

"Tim is a top player with many seasons of experience and has some great leadership qualities," he said ahead of next weekend's Wellington leg.

"He knows the game inside out so I'm confident he has what it takes to lead the team over the rest of the season. Tim's got huge respect from all the players and I know there will be plenty of support for him.

"It was a real blow to lose Scott in Dubai, but it's great we have someone as experienced as Tim to step in."

The 29-year-old Mikkelson said: "It's an honour to be given the responsibility to lead the team for the rest of the World Series. I've got big shoes to fill, but we've got a great pool of experienced players who will all be helping out.

"It's a really exciting year ahead for sevens and we're looking forward to playing in Wellington as it's the only time we play in front of our home fans. We're really hoping there's a big turnout as it's a huge year for us and we love the support we get in the capital.

"We're certainly working hard after the challenging start to the season and hope to turn things around with a great performance in Wellington."