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All Blacks Sevens aiming for top finish to 2018

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On the back of victory at the Dubai Sevens, Coach Clark Laidlaw has named the All Blacks Sevens for their last tournament of the year at the HSBC Cape Town Sevens.

The All Blacks Sevens team is;

1. Trael Joass

2. Luke Masirewa

3. Tone Ng Shiu

4. Ngarohi McGarvey-Black

5. Dylan Collier

6. Vilimoni Koroi

7. Amanaki Nicole

8. Andrew Knewstubb

9. Etene Nanai-Seturo

10. Scott Gregory

11. Jona Nareki

12. Sione Molia

-Taylor Haugh is the travelling reserve.

Etene Nanai-Seturo makes a return to the All Blacks Sevens team in Cape Town after last turning out in the black jersey at the London Sevens in June.

Nanai-Seturo, Trael Joass and Taylor Haugh flew to Cape Town this week after the All Blacks Sevens team picked up five injuries in the led up to and during the Dubai Sevens.

"Last weekend was quite testing with the injuries but we’ve had three good players join us who know how we want to play the game," said Laidlaw.

Joass is a fully contracted member of the All Blacks Sevens squad, while Nanai-Seturo spent the 2017/18 season with the team and Haugh made his debut at the Oceania Sevens in Fiji last month.

It will be a young All Blacks Sevens team that takes the field in Cape Town, with the five most experienced members of the squad - who boast 200 tournament caps between them - unavailable to play.

"We spent a lot of last season building depth in our squad and we saw players like Dylan, Sione and Andrew really step up in Dubai.

"Looking at this weekend, we’re here to win. We think we can play better and the group we’ve got here is excited about getting back out there," said Laidlaw.

The All Blacks Sevens are facing Zimbabwe, Samoa and South Africa in a tough pool, the assignment intensified by South Africa’s celebration of what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.

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