Tietjens names NZ Sevens squad for Wellington

Last updated 17:42 04/02/2014
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NEW MAN: Akira Ioane, left, in action for Auckland.

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Gordon Tietjens has added a dash of youth, a dollop of experience, and few kilograms of size to his squad for the Wellington sevens.

Auckland teenager Akira Ioane is the only new cap, big wing Ben Lam comes back from the cold and veteran playmaker Tomasi Cama predictably returns from injury.

The two unlucky players to drop out of the initial squad of 14 are Canterbury's Mark Jackman and robust Northland hooker Matt Moulds.

Ioane and Lam, both weighing over 100kg, add to an already sizeable New Zealand line up.

Ioane was selected to play in Las Vegas in the previous leg of the IRB world series, but had to withdraw due to a late visa application.

Lam broke his foot during last year's world series and has struggled to regain his speed and fitness until recently.

Cama's return was a no-brainer with the Fijian's instinctive play and eye for a gap adding a second play maker alongside Gillies Kaka.

Tietjens made the final call on his squad after a practice match against Australia in Porirua this morning.

New Zealand squad: Tomasi Cama, Scott Curry, Ambrose Curtis, DJ Forbes (c), Bryce Heem, Gillies Kaka, Akira Ioane, Ben Lam, Tim Mikkelson, Lote Raikabula, Sherwin Stowers, George Tilsley

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