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Ahead of this weekend's #USA7s, we pick seven players we think could have a big impact for their respective teams at the Sam Boyd Stadium.
At each of the nine rounds this season we are asking the fans to nominate the players they think should be named in the #7sDreamTeam and here we've chosen seven players we think might be up there and in with a chance of making the team in USA.
Of the selection, Justin Geduld of South Africa is the only player to have been named in two of the three teams so far, with Joe Webber, who is missing through injury this weekend, the only other player to have made the team twice.
While the forward trio of Kyle Brown, DJ Forbes and Benito Masilevu deserve mentions ahead of the fourth round, played on the narrowest pitch of the Series, these seven players are sure to get the fans on their feat...
Frankie Horne, South Africa: The only player here in last season's Series Dream Team, and with one nomination already this year, big Frankie is showing no signs of a dip in form. He was the winning captain with South Africa last year and, although teammate Brown has returned to take over those reins, Horne will be freed up to enjoy the physical battle up front on the narrow pitch in his 54th World Series event.
Zack Test, USA: The home-grown hero, Zack Test always saves his best for his home tournament. Averaging two tries every tournament overall in his career, the former gridiron wide receiver steps it up a notch on home soil to take that average up to three, having scored 12 tries in his last four USA Sevens. So important has the restart become in Sevens, Test's salmon-like leap often gives the Eagles a springboard from which to play. Having made the Cup quarter-finals 12 months ago, they will be confident with their pool draw.
Humphrey Kayange, Kenya: Kayange is set to make his first appearance under new coach Paul Treu, and with Kenya looking to make their first Cup semi final of the season, the former skipper could be just the catalyst they need. Set to play in his 52nd event, he is the most experienced player in the squad, and the second highest try-scorer with 135 behind brother Collins Injera. Michael Agevi, Kayange and Injera's third sibling, is also here so it could be a family affair if they click.
Justin Geduld, South Africa: With two #7sDreamTeam nominations already this season Geduld has been firing on all cylinders for new coach Neil Powell, scoring no fewer than nine tries in the first three rounds. The only player in this seven to have made two dream teams, Geduld scored all-important tries in the Blitzbokkes' Cup quarter and semi-finals at the Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa Sevens, before kicking a crucial conversion in the final. He can kick, he can step, and he has great vision that will unleash wings like Werner Kok, Sampie Mastriet and Seabelo Senatla.
Tom Mitchell, England: England Sevens' new captain, Mitchell has come into his own this season. Having suffered an injury at the beginning of last season, it has taken a while for the Oxford graduate to come back to his best, but with a full pre-season under his belt he is making himself indispensable to coach Simon Amor. Scorer of 10 tries already, and the season's second-highest point-scorer with 112, Mitchell is likely to end the weekend on top of that chart with Tomasi Cama (116 points) injured for the weekend.
Ambrose Curtis, New Zealand: Curtis is playing in his debut season and what a name he is already making for himself. Eleven tries in three rounds so far, and he has often found himself beginning matches as a replacement while Gordon Tietjens eases him in. There is no doubting his speed and power, and his ability to finish off the moves created by playmakers in his side like Tomasi Cama, Gillies Kaka and Joe Webber, but with two of those three missing this weekend, and the narrower pitch, it will be interesting to see how the big young Wellingtonian adapts.
Samisoni Viriviri, Fiji: With 17 tries this season already, he is the joint leading try-scorer alongside teammate and hooker Benito Masilevu. With 45 tries in his 10 tournaments to date, one thing we know we will get from this flying Fijian is speed and tries, something Montpellier have clearly picked up on in signing him to play in France's elite competition from June 2014. A narrower pitch may well see fewer chances created out wide, but he has power to match and will be able to use his unquestionable speed when gaps are there.
Vote for your USA Sevnes #7sDreamTeam. Just head to Twitter and use the aforementioned hashtag or @irbsevens and the final seven will be announced on the third day ahead of the Cup final.