All Blacks Sonny Bill Williams and Liam Messam have been named in the New Zealand sevens squad for next year’s world series and Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Chiefs players Williams and Messam, who has had previous experience at the short form of the game, will bolster the squad significantly, with a gold medal the big aim.Hurricanes player Ardie Savea was also named in the squad, which will be captained by Scott Curry after previous skipper DJ Forbes stepped down.Exciting Blues loose forward Akira Ioane, and his brother Rieko, have also been named

All Blacks sevens squad:
Dylan Collier (Waikato)
Scott Curry (Bay of Plenty)
Sam Dickson (Canterbury)
DJ Forbes (Counties Manukau)
Gillies Kaka (Hawke’s Bay)
Akira Ioane (Auckland)
Rieko Ioane (Auckland)
Ben Lam (Auckland)
Liam Messam (Waikato)
Tim Mikkelson (Waikato)
Ardie Savea (Wellington)
Sherwin Stowers (Counties Manukau)
Sam Vaka (Counties Manukau)
Beaudein Waaka (Taranaki)
Joe Webber (Waikato)
Sonny Bill Williams* (Counties Manukau