All Blacks Sevens forced into changes

(IRB.COM) Monday 4 February 2013
 
 All Blacks Sevens forced into changes
Go-to guy: NZ Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens will have to make do without his captain DJ Forbes in Las Vegas

Ahead of flying out to Las Vegas for the USA Sevens, All Blacks Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens has been forced to make two key changes to his squad following injuries to captain DJ Forbes and flyer Kurt Baker.

Forbes injured a knee and Baker a hamstring during the kiwis' home event, the Hertz Sevens in Wellington, at which they finished in third place.

Tietjens has called up Mark Jackman and Milford Keresoma, who are both contracted All Blacks Sevens players.

Jackman started the season on the Gold Coast but injured a thumb and missed rounds two and three in Dubai and South Africa, where Keresoma did take part.

After four rounds in the HSBC Sevens World Series New Zealand is the only side to have reached four Cup quarter finals and leads with 77 points, from second-placed Kenya (56).

The USA Sevens tournament takes place at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on 8-10 February and some tickets are still available.

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Las Vegas Sevens

Round 4
24-26 Jan 2014

Venue: Sam Boyd Stadium
City: Las Vegas
Capacity: 36,800

 
Pools
Pool A
TeamPlayedPts
RSA39
CAN37
KEN35
WAL33
Pool B
TeamPlayedPts
NZL39
AUS37
FIJ35
SCO33
Pool C
TeamPlayedPts
SAM39
ENG37
POR35
URU33
Pool D
TeamPlayedPts
FRA39
ARG37
USA35
ESP33
more
Photos
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