Mikkelson looking for All Blacks to build on Wellington

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    04 Feb 2016     Getty Images

After a successful defence of their Wellington title in the World Series last weekend, when they twice came from behind to beat series leaders South Africa, New Zealand know they will face a determined Australian side at 11.03pm (NZT) on Saturday.

"They [Australia] have a great mix in their squad, and I think they will go well this weekend," Mikkelson told

"They are physical, competitive and have the big boys in the forwards and the pace and the skills in the middle. We always find it hard playing them, but I think they will go well and hopefully we can both go through from our pool."

They are drawn with Canada and Portugal.

Mikkelson said the All Blacks Sevens couldn't wait for the weekend and was hopeful they could maintain their momentum while also drawing on New Zealand support from the Sydney crowd.

"There are a lot of Kiwis in Australia, and we play them in the final match of the day so that should be quite tasty," he said.

"A lot of people are focused on the Olympics, but we really want to do well in the series.

"It hurt being seventh heading into our home tournament, but we said we wanted to restart our season, and it is pleasing to move back up the order and we want to continue to do well in the series," he said.

Australia will be bolstered by the return of their captain Ed Jenkins who missed Wellington while on paternity leave.

"The squad last week did a great job, so if we can look to build on that and get some momentum heading into Rio that's all we can ask from the guys this weekend," he said.

Having some fifteens players coming into the squad, including Quade Cooper, was good he said and not only increased the competitiveness in the side but built the profile of Sevens as well.