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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 great Colin Meads plays his last game for his country on this day.
His career as an All Black had lasted 15 seasons inclusive 1957-71. It ended leading NZ to a 14-14 draw again the British and Irish Lions at Eden Park.
Dax and France
32 internationals for France 1969–78
Jean-Pierre Bastiat was first capped as a lock against Romania in 1969. Although he played his first 10 internationals as a second-rower, it was as a No. 8 that he made his formidable reputation as a hard man of French forward play in his time.
The 2 metres (6ft 6in) tall Bastiat was part of a thrilling French loose forward trio, with Jean-Pierre Rives and Jean-Claude Skrela. He could run as well, and was also the French goal-kicker in several games. Although injuries and unavailability disrupted his career, Bastiat became one of the most feared forwards of his day.
He was appointed the French captain in 1977–78, his last season. Under his leadership France won its first three championship games; so did Wales. When the two teams met at Cardiff Arms Park the Grand Slam was at stake. Sadly for Bastiat and France, Wales was too good and won 16–7.
In later years Bastiat became a French selector and in 2002 was still involved with the selection and coaching of the national team.
Players with the surnames of Jones, Williams and Thomas when added together made up how many players in the Welsh squad at the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia?