Next LIVE rugby on TV
to be announced
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:05 +0000
  • Switch Edition
ESPN SCRUM / IRB Sevens World Series 2013-14 / News
IRB Sevens World Series
All Blacks Sevens suffer further injuries
ESPN Staff
January 22, 2014
Counties Manukau's Sherwin Stowers looks on, Auckland v Counties Manukau, ITM Cup, Eden Park, Auckland, September 4, 2013
Sherwin Stowers sustained an injury over the weekend © Getty Images
Related Links

New Zealand have made two further injury-enforced changes to their squad to contest round four of the IRB Sevens World Series in Las Vegas.

Outside backs Sherwin Stowers and Joe Webber have both been ruled out of the tournament, the pair replaced by seasoned Sevens players Waisake Naholo and David Raikuna.

The injuries continue a disrupted preparation for the All Blacks Sevens and coach Sir Gordon Tietjens, who must also do without Tomasi Cama after the veteran playmaker sustained a calf muscle injury at training. Akira Ioane then had to withdraw from what would have been his first tournament, replaced by Manawatu's George Tilsley. after failing to obtain the required travel documents.

The All Blacks Sevens have a poor record in Las Vegas, where they are yet to win a tournament in five attempts, but Tietjens says the physically large team he now has will suit the unusually narrow field at Sam Boyd Stadium.

"We have played consistently well there so it's not that we don't play well there," Tietjens said, noting the side lost in the Cup final last year. "it comes down to those defining moments that decide whether you win or lose. "We have to use different tactics because there is not as much width on the field so there is a lot more contact and I have picked a side that is very strong and very big and hopefully they can do the work for us."

New Zealand lead the series standings with 58 points after three rounds, with South Africa second on 56 points followed by Fiji (48) and England (40). Tietjens' men won the opening tournament in Australia, with Fiji and South Africa winning in Dubai and Port Elizabeth respectively.

New Zealand play Australia and Scotland on the opening day of the tournament before facing Fiji and contesting the quarter-finals on day two. The finals are staged on day three of the tournament.

Squad: DJ Forbes (captain), Scott Curry, Ambrose Curtis, Sam Dickson, Bryce Heem, Mark Jackman, Gillies Kaka, Tim Mikkelson, Lote Raikabula, Waisake Naholo, George Tilsley, David Raikuna.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Rugby

    Wallabies are not broken: Michael Hooper

    Wallabies captain Michael Hooper says his team must "learn how to win the big moments and capitalise on mistakes, which is what the All Blacks were very good at tonight"

  • Formula 1

    Rosberg beats Hamilton to pole at wet Spa

    Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix by over 0.3s from Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton at a wet Spa-Francorchamps

  • Football

    Torres left out of Chelsea squad

    Fernando Torres has been left out of Chelsea's squad for their first home game of the season against Leicester

  • Football

    Sherwood: I would have taken Palace job

    Tim Sherwood says he would have taken the Crystal Palace job had he been offered it after his interview last week - but felt he was always behind Malky Mackay in the running for the position

  • Rugby

    All Blacks humiliate Wallabies

    New Zealand deliver a clinical performance to humble Australia at Eden Park and retain the Bledisloe Cup, scoring six tries to two in topping the half-century

Sponsored Links
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!