Some of the Bay of Plenty's leading sevens players will go head-to-head with the next generation of talent in December.
Bay players including Scott Curry, Sam Dickson, Cole Forbes, Jona Mataiciwa, Joe Webber, Regan Ware, William Warbrick, and Leroy Carter have been named among the 52 players representing the best sevens talent around New Zealand who will play at next month's Red Bull Ignite7.
They will be drafted into teams on November 30, before the tournament is played at Mount Maunganui's Blake Park on December 5-6.
All Blacks Sevens coach Clark Laidlaw said the selectors had done a fantastic job in unearthing potential stars.
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"We're extremely excited around the group of players that will assemble for Red Bull Ignite7.
"This is a massive cross-section of talent from our contracted players that are currently in pre-season, players from Mitre 10 Cup, New Zealand Schools and sevens specialists from the provincial game.
"It will be a unique environment because those players coming in are going to be able to gauge themselves against some of the best players in the world and get a direct comparison, which is something we haven't had before.
"It's a win-win because the All Blacks Sevens players get to play sevens again after a long break and at the same time get to help the next generation. The next generation of talent get to come in and play alongside our players and get coached by our coaches – it will be an amazing week."
Former Red Bull Ignite7 MVPs Joel Cobb, Jona Mataiciwa and Kawerau's William Warbrick return in 2020 and are joined by seven members of the 2019 New Zealand Schools sevens team.
A number of rookies will be picked across the Bolt, Inferno, Surge and Power teams with 2020 New Zealand Schools players Che Clark, Fehi Fineanganoko, Luron Iosefa, Noah Hotham, Blake Makiri, Jone Rova and Caleb Tangitau selected.
Brady Rush, son of former All Blacks Sevens legend Eric Rush, is set to make his mark on the game and is joined by another well-known name from Northland rugby in Kalani Going, grandson of Brian Going.