|Injury and illness have forced changes to both men’s and women’s rugby sevens teams days out from the start of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
In the men’s team, young rising stars Ngarohi McGarvey Black and Caleb Clarke have both been ruled out. McGarvey Black sustained an ankle injury in a warm up game against Australia last Thursday and has returned home. Clarke, the team’s travelling reserve, was diagnosed with an appendicitis over the weekend and is undergoing surgery today before returning to New Zealand. He is being supported by the New Zealand Team medical staff and his family.
Etene Nanai-Seturo has been confirmed as a replacement for McGarvey Black, while a decision on Clarke’s replacement will be made in due course.
Kat Whata-Simpkins has been ruled out of the women’s rugby sevens team with a leg injury. This sees Tenika Willison move into the squad of 12 and Alena Saili joins the team as the travelling reserve.