The stage is set for the inaugural Red Bull Ignite7 with 96 talented young athletes announced to embarked on their quest to become the next All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens superstar.
New Zealand Rugby has unveiled the 48 male and 48 female athletes who will converge on The Trusts Arena in Waitakere, Auckland to take part in the unique four-day event between 21-24 November 2018.
Six of the athletes chosen will emerge from the week having won a place at the All Black Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens Development Camps in early 2019.
And sports fans will get the chance to watch all the action unfold live on Sky Sport 1 when the week culminates in a one-day tournament on 24 November between four men’s and four women’s teams – Surge, Power, Bolt and Inferno.
An exclusive Sky TV documentary this December will provide a unique look into the players Red Bull Ignite7 experience and map their fortunes as they chase their ultimate goals.
Red Bull Ignite7 was designed to encourage talented athletes from all sporting codes, regardless of rugby experience, to come forward and have a go at Sevens and attracted more than 500 applicants from across New Zealand and Australia.
The registration process was an open invitation to New Zealanders under the age of 20 with space left in each of the eight squads for non-rugby athletes who were under 23-years-old.
Some athletes with limited rugby experience underwent a five-week rugby specific programme to gauge their suitability for Red Bull Ignite7. Some were successful, while others were sent away to develop further and encouraged to try again next year.