Williams edges step closer to Sevens debut

Date published: January 20 2016

Sonny Bill Williams has been named in the All Blacks' 22-man squad for the next leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series.

The All Blacks Sevens squad to prepare for the third leg of the Series, the Wellington Sevens, will assemble in the capital on Thursday, January 21.

The squad of 22 players features four additional players following the weekend’s Bayleys National Sevens, three of whom are new to the All Blacks Sevens.

The team to play Wellington Sevens will be named on Monday, January 25.

Kurt Baker returns to the All Blacks Sevens as a contracted squad member for 2016.

Scott Curry, Declan O’Donnell, DJ Forbes and Sherwin Stowers were not available because of injury. Liam Messam was not available due to rugby commitments in Japan.

The squad to travel to Australia for the Sydney Sevens will be named on Monday 1 February

New Zealand Sevens squad: Kurt Baker, Dylan Collier, Sam Dickson, Akira Ioane, Rieko Ioane, Gillies Kaka, Antonio Kiri Kiri, Ben Lam, Josh Van Lieshout*, Tim Mikkelson, Sione Molia*, Lewis Ormond, Augustine Pulu, Billy Ropiha*, Ardie Savea, Teddy Stanaway, Isaac Te Aute, Isaac Te Tamaki, Beaudein Waaka, Regan Ware, Sonny Bill Williams, Joe Webber.

*new squad member