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NZ names Sevens team for UK tournaments

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New Zealand Sevens Coach Gordon Tietjens has named his team for the final two legs of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Scotland and England.

The team was named following New Zealand's 19-35 loss to Australia yesterday afternoon in Sydney. The international exhibition match was a curtain raiser to the Investec Super Rugby fixture between the Waratahs and Crusaders.

This weekend Captain DJ Forbes will play in his 50th IRB Sevens World Series tournament in Scotland and teammate Lote Raikabula could notch up his 50th appearance if he plays both tournaments.

Tietjens said the match against Australia served as a good opportunity for some young and newer talent, and players coming back from injury, to have a run against a quality international side.

"We know that these final two tournaments will be tough; Fiji are right behind us on the ladder and we will have to be at the top of our game if we want to finish the season in that top spot," he said.

The defending Champions head into the final two tournaments of the season as Series leaders on 128 points. Fiji is in second place on 122 points.

Players not considered for selection due to injury are Toby Arnold (knee) and Scott Curry (shoulder).

New Zealand Sevens Squad

Tomasi Cama

DJ Forbes

Frank Halai

Bryce Heem

Mark Jackman

Solomon King

Tim Mikkelson

Waisake Naholo

Charles Piutau

Lote Raikabula

Ardie Savea

Joe Webber


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