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Vito withdrawn from NZ sevens squad

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 10 May 2008 at 07:29
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New Zealand sevens star Victor Vito, who has been compared to a young Jonah Lomu, has been withdrawn from the team for the final two rounds of the world series.

RugbyHeaven NZ reports that coach Gordon Tietjens said the decision to withdraw the Wellington loose forward, 20, was made in the interest of his development.

“Victor made a tremendous impact on the sevens team and the series in his debut season but a player’s overall rugby development is also important.

“In Victor’s case, it was thought he should concentrate on 15’s-specific training over the next few months.”

Vito played a starring role in New Zealand recapturing the Hong Kong Sevens title this year for the first time since 2001.

His aerial nimbleness in capturing kick-offs, ability to unload in the tackle or rampage through defences along the wings was a crucial part of New Zealand’s success this season.

The New Zealand squad re-assemble in Mount Maunganui to begin training for the final t wo world sevens series tournaments in London, May 24-25, and Edinburgh on May 31-June 1.

South Africa ended New Zealand’s unbeaten streak in the international sevens rugby series by beating them 15-7 in a tenacious Adelaide final in early April.

New Zealand had gone 47 matches unbeaten since last year, but are still poised to win their eighth overall title in nine years with two tournaments left .

The training camp will be held from May 13-17 and Tietjens said it was aimed at getting the players back into “competition mode”.

“We were disappointed with our results in Adelaide after such a good performance in Hong Kong but we have put ourselves in a good position to win the series and it is important to go into London with a positive attitude.”

The 12-man squad for the final two tournaments will be named after the camp.

New Zealand sevens camp squad: Tomasi Cama (Manawatu), Edwin Cocker (Auckland), Israel Dagg (Hawke’s Bay), DJ Forbes (Counties Manukau), Nigel Hunt (Bay of Plenty), Tafai Ioasa (Hawke’s Bay), Solomon King (Bay of Plenty), Zar Lawrence (Bay of Plenty), Kendrick Lynn (Southland), Ben Nowell (Canterbury), Afeleke Pelenise (Tasman), Lote Raikabula (Manawatu), Rene Ranger (Northland), Chad Tuoro (Counties Manukau), Nafi Tuitavake (North Harbour).


  • Just how professional is this. 😯

    I can tell you now this guy is going to be HUGE as a 15’s player. He has skills that are out of this world.

    What the heck do they mean “concentrate on 15’s specific training” please don’t tell me he is going to bulk up????????????? He is flippen huge already.

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.05.08 07:37:13 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • 192cm

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.05.08 08:13:18 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I called him first pal 😆 😆

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.05.08 08:51:19 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • 192cm
    109kg with a step like Nonu both ways, a hand-off like Juan Smith, the speed of Habana… and the power of Tialata (sic)… defenders will be breathing a tad easier with him out… lol!

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.05.08 08:57:03 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • #3

    I met and had a drink (Powerade) with him first. 😉

    He was one of the players tested at the Dubai 7’s last year.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.05.08 09:00:39 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • would be interesting to see where he settles.

    He is currently a #8, but have heard talk of him moving to the backs.

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.05.08 09:01:48 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Wow… I didn’t know he was an 8… could play anywhere I suppose…

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.05.08 09:08:33 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • Listed on the AB site as an 8 and playes Eight for Wellington. Maybe that is where he learnt to step like Nonu.

    Was also one of the nominees for u/19 player of the year in 06.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.05.08 09:12:35 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I really only noticed him the last 7’s tourney… will be interesting to see how he performs in S14 next year…

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.05.08 09:22:59 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • Our 7’s side could do with a few of his ilk… we have not had a real powerful player since Kanko left… and even he was a bit light back then… we need an Andre Venter type or three…

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.05.08 09:24:24 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • Solomon King? He he. Someone’s folks had a sense of humour

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.05.08 09:25:05 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Is Marius Schoeman still with the Bok 7’s?

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.05.08 09:25:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Yeah think he was injured the last tournie though… only grunt was Jonah…

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.05.08 09:33:28 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • bryce from what I gather this is his first season as a 7’s player for the AB’s

    have justy confirmed he was named in the squad for the 1st time on 23 Nov 07. just before the Dubai 7’s

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.05.08 11:42:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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