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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.
And it's three titles too for captain Farah Palmer. In the final in Edmonton, Canada, New Zealand beat England 25-17
Buller, Wellington, and Scotland
2 internationals for New Zealand 1921
8 internationals for Scotland 1924–29
One of a number of players to have played for more than one country, Aitken came from Buller in New Zealand’s South Island. He made his ﬁrst-class debut as a teenager before the outbreak of World War I and resumed his career after the war.
Aitken’s debut for New Zealand in 1921 was in the ﬁrst test against South Africa – the ﬁrst game between the two countries.
Two years later Aitken, having been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, was in England studying at Oxford University. After becoming an Oxford rugby blue he won his ﬁrst cap for Scotland in 1924. (He had Scottish parents.)
George Aitken was a centre of considerable speed and talent. He is perhaps best remembered in the rugby world as part of a very fast and dangerous Oxford University three-quarter line, all of whom joined him in the Scottish international team at various times.
How many test matches did Alan Whetton play for the All Blacks? 34,35 or 36?