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4 March 2015
NEW ZEALAND SEVENS TEAMS IN THE 2014-15 SERIES (In brackets; are the Keith Quinn performance ratings for each player out of 10 so far this season)
GC DB PE WN LV HK TK SC ENG CAREER
Tomasi Cama (5) x - - - -
Scott Curry (9) x x x x x
Sam Dickson (7) x x x x x
DJ Forbes (6) x x x x -
Gillies Kaka (7) x x x x x
Tim Mikkelson (6) x x x - -
Lote Raikabula (4) x - - - x
Sherwin Stowers (7) x x x x x
George Tilsley (1) x - - - -
Joe Webber (7) - x x x x
Matt Clutterbuck (1) x - - - -
Tony Ensor (1) x - - - -
Murphy Taramai (5) - x x x x
Declan O'Donnell (2) - x x - -
Sam Vaka (3) x x x - -
Kurt Baker (4) - x x - -
Ambrose Curtis (6) - x x x x
Dylan Collier (6) - - - x x
Reiko Ioane (7) - - - x x
Beaudine Waaka (5) - - - x x
Jack Goodhue (5) - - - x x
After Las Vegas, New Zealand had used 21 players on the HSBC World Sevens series.
The local Illawarra team played the All Blacks and a young New Zealander called Colin Meads, aged 20, made his AB debut. 15 seasons later he retired as one of the greats!
Toulouse, Saracens, Gloucester, Auckland and France
72 internationals for France 1994-2007
A powerful, worldly member of the French forward pack through the late years of the 1990s and into the new millennium. At his best there was none who could better this hard-scrummaging prop forward and strong runner about the field. Which is ironic because he began his rugby as an overweight charger with little finesse. It was only after joining the Toulouse club that he fined down into a top rated forward who caught his national selector’s eye.
The thing about Califano is that while he was anchoring his club to three successive French club championship titles as a loosehead prop he was making his early presence as an international player as a tighthead. He had made his debut in France’s epic victories in New Zealand in 1994 when he played as part of a French front row against New Zealand’s redoubtable trio of Sean Fitzpatrick, Richard Loe and Craig Dowd.
Later Califano switched to his preferred loosehead as his test career blossomed and it was from that position that he went to South Africa in 1995 for the Rugby World Cup. He was also in the French team in 1999’s cup though by then back problems and the rise of new young French ‘bulls’ in the front row halted consistent progress.
After 1999 he traveled to New Zealand and had two seasons in Auckland playing in the Super 12 series.
His ability as a running, handling prop forward was never better exemplified than in 1996 when he scored three tries in one game against Romania. Has any test prop anywhere in the world bettered this? I doubt it.
In 2003 his career seemed over but he was recalled for several more games in 2007.
What was unusual about Daniel Dubois' play in the second half of the South West France game v Australia in 1967?