Rugby Sevens: Veteran Dylan Collier eyes All Blacks Sevens milestone at Los Angeles

Dylan Collier in action for the All Blacks Sevens
Dylan Collier in action for the All Blacks Sevens. Photo credit: Getty Images

Veteran Dylan Collier will bring up his 50th tournament with the All Blacks Sevens, when the NZ men contest the Los Angeles world series stopover this week.

Fresh from their first victory of the season at Sydney last month, the NZ men hope to maintain their spot atop the world standings in California, while celebrating Collier's individual milestone.

"I am honoured to be able to be in this position to join the other lads in achieving this milestone," he said. "To be able to pull on the All Blacks Sevens jersey is a privilege and I am grateful for the opportunities it has provided me.

"However, this wouldn’t be possible, without the support of my partner, kids and family."

Collier, 31, made his All Blacks Sevens debut in 2015, and has been part of their greatest triumphs since then, including 2018 Commonwealth Games gold, 2022 bronze and 2020 Olympic silver.

He has been confirmed in a 13-man squad for Los Angeles from February 25/26 and Vancouver from March 3-5.

Moses Leo returns to the roster, while Fehi Fineanganofo has been named for a debut, after earning a development contract at the 2021 Red Bull Ignite Sevens.

"Fehi is a phenomenal talent," said coach Clark Laidlaw. "He has an amazing story around his journey to this point with a bright future ahead of him.

Fehi Fineanganofo in action for NZ Sevens
Fehi Fineanganofo in action for NZ Sevens. Photo credit: Photosport

"We are fortunate to be able to have these young men in our system and provide them these opportunities. This leg of the world series will be a great chance for him to further develop as a player and to be exposed to the fast pace of international sevens."

All Blacks Sevens to Los Angeles & Vancouver: Sam Dickson (captain), Leroy Carter, Dylan Collier, Fehi Fineanganofo, Moses Leo, Ngarohi McGarvey-Black, Amanaki Nicole, Lewis Ormond, Akuila Rokolisoa, Brady Rush, Roderick Solo, Payton Spencer, Joe Webber