Rugby: Otago pair off to sevens training camp

Gareth Evans on the charge for Otago.
Gareth Evans on the charge for Otago.
Otago players Gareth Evans and Tony Ensor have been selected for a national sevens training camp in Mt Maunganui next week.

All Black sevens coach Gordon Tietjens has chosen 22 players for the camp in Bay of Plenty. They will prepare for the Dubai and Port Elizabeth legs of the world series circuit.

Ensor and Evans have not played for the national sevens side before but are coming off impressive seasons with Otago in the ITM Cup.

Evans (21) had a top year for Otago, playing both No 8 and blindside flanker. He has a sharp turn of pace which should suit the shortened version of the game.

Ensor (21) came from nowhere to rack up a strong debut year for Otago. He only made the squad through injury and proceeded to score some great tries from fullback.

Next week's training squad of 22 will be cut down to 12 to travel to Dubai and Port Elizabeth.

The Dubai tournament is on December 1-2, while the tournament in Port Elizabeth is a week later.