Out of 18 experienced rugby players, only 12 will be named in the Sevens team to represent NZ next month.
One of those players is Gillies Kaka (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Manawa), who has come through the ranks from playing rugby in the Hawke's Bay.
Coach Gordon Tietjens has indicated that experience and skill are a must for the team and that the next four days will be critical for these players.
For the rest of the week the group will remain in camp in Tauranga.
The squad will be announced next week.