July 22, 2021
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NZ 7s star to miss Olympics

All Blacks 7s veteran Sam Dickson has been ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics due to a hamstring injury sustained in training.

The All Blacks Sevens announced Dickson’s injury on Wednesday, saying he picked it up in Townsville.

“We are absolutely gutted for Sam,” the team said on social media.

Travelling reserve forward Amanaki Nicole will replace Dickson in the Tokyo tournament.

The All Blacks Sevens also noted changes to the alternate replacement rule by the IOC will see William Warbrick and Tenika Willison being available to start in games.

The Men’s sevens team was welcomed to the athletes’ village in Tokyo this afternoon after training in Australia for the Games.

The Men’s competition runs from next Monday 26 July until Wednesday 28 July with the All Blacks Sevens being drawn in a pool with Korea, Argentina and Australia.

By Romeka Romena  

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