Cape Town - Sonny Bill Williams is set to be unleashed onto the Sevens circuit after he was named in a 22-man New Zealand squad for the January 30/31 Wellington leg of the World Series.
With New Zealand having finished fourth in Dubai and having reached the plate semi-final in Cape Town, they will be expected to put on a far better showing in front of their home supporters.
Williams has expressed his desire to be a part of the sevens side that travels to the Olympic Games this year.
Liam Messam, meanwhile, was unavailable due to his commitments in Japan.
The 22-man squad will be cut to 12 a week before the tournament, but Williams is almost certain of his place.
All Blacks Sevens squad:
Kurt Baker, Dylan Collier, Sam Dickson, Akira Ioane, Rieko Ioane, Gillies Kaka, Antonio Kiri Kiri, Ben Lam, Josh Van Lieshout, Tim Mikkelson, Sione Molia, Lewis Ormond, Augustine Pulu, Billy Ropiha, Ardie Savea, Teddy Stanaway, Isaac Te Aute, Isaac Te Tamaki, Beaudein Waaka, Regan Ware, Sonny Bill Williams, Joe Webber.