McKenzie looking forward to sevens experience

BEN STRANG
Last updated 05:00 19/03/2014
Marty McKenzie
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OUT TO IMPRESS: Marty McKenzie is hoping to impress during the next twist in his young career.

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Marty McKenzie has gone with the flow since losing his job at the Blues Super Rugby franchise, and ended up in a pretty good spot.

The Southland sevens player will make his debut this weekend for the New Zealand Sevens team in Tokyo, after impressing coach Sir Gordon Tietjens in camp last week.

With key playmaker Tomasi Cama out injured, McKenzie will slot in at halfback when he's on the field, and he's looking forward to helping create plays for his team-mates when he gets on field.

''It'll be cool to have these new experiences and stuff, and to head over to Japan and play for the New Zealand Sevens team,'' McKenzie said.

''It's great to be named. I'm basically going there, playing halfback and trying to learn off people like Gillies Kaka, who will be really helpful.''

It's been a rocky road for McKenzie over the past six months, after Blues coach Sir John Kirwan cut the 21-year-old from his squad, as league star Benji Marshall was coming in.

He then signed a contract with the New Zealand Sevens squad, and turned out for Southland at the national sevens tournament in Rotorua in January.

From there he moved to Hamilton for a month-long training stint with the Chiefs, learning from coaches Dave Rennie and Wayne Smith.

After that he returned to training with the sevens team, and will pull on the black jumper for the first time.Tietjens said McKenzie is inexperienced, but has plenty of potential in sevens, and can help build depth in the playmaking positions.

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