Old faces plug holes in New Zealand Sevens team for Singpore
New Zealand Sevens coach Scott Waldrom has called in some old hands to cover enforced changes to his squad for this weekend's Singapore round of the world series.
A disappointing effort in Hong Kong has been complicated by injuries.
Dylan Collier (knee), Tim Mikkelson (shoulder) and Isaac Te Tamaki (knee) were unavailable to Waldrom. Regular captain Scott Curry, who missed the Hong Kong action with a late injury, will also miss Singapore due to a planned personal commitment.
Waldrom's latest 12-man squad sees the return of Joe Webber, Lewis Ormond and Teddy Stanaway for the first time in 2017. Tone Ng Shiu is also in the mix after sitting out the Hong Kong tournament.
"We picked up a few injuries in Hong Kong but the good thing is we had a few guys already in Hong Kong playing in the 10s event who are now being able to come into the sevens team," Waldrom said.
"It is great to welcome back experienced players like Joe, Teddy and Lewis who have previously played for New Zealand. And it's great to have Tone back again, as he has been in our environment all year.
"Singapore gives these players an opportunity to step up and get some game time. I know the guys coming in certainly bring some enthusiasm and look forward to this weekend."
New Zealand lie fourth in the world series with 97 points, well adrift of leaders South Africa on 145.
Waldrom said he was seeking consistency from the team after they had pushed Fiji and South Africa close in Hong Kong and also beat England.
"There were some encouraging moments in Hong Kong that we want to repeat this weekend but we know we must beat all these teams to take out a tournament," he said.
NEW ZEALAND SEVENS SQUAD FOR SINGAPORE
DJ Forbes (c), Sam Dickson, Iopu Iopu-Aso, Trael Joass, Andrew Knewstubb, Vilimoni Koroi, Sione Molia, Tone Ng Shiu, Joe Ravouvou, Beaudein Waaka, Regan Ware, Joe Webber, Lewis Ormond (13th player), Teddy Stanaway (travelling reserve).
Schedule (NZ times):
5.14pm: v Scotland
8.12pm: v Wales
12.50am Sun: v USA