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All Blacks Sevens ready for Wellington challenge

World Rugby

    27 Jan 2017     World Rugby

With a lack of time for preparation ahead of the first two rounds of the series in Dubai and Cape Town, the New Zealanders have had more time together in preparation for the Wellington tournament.

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"We've had some pretty good wins here and won the last three in a row, so we're hoping for a fourth," he told worldrugby.org.

"Obviously it's a bit of an interesting time for us, with a changing of the guard in terms of the coaching and a bit of a fresh start for us as a team. We're learning plenty of new stuff so hopefully we can improve on what we've done so far," he said.

New Zealand's Pool C includes the United States, France and Samoa, the side now coached by former New Zealand coach Sir Gordon Tietjens.
England, who won the Cape Town leg, are expecting a tough weekend. Since Cape Town they have been spending time working on details around their attack and defence.

"Now the guys are excited to try to put that out on the field and get some results here in Wellington," captain Tom Mitchell said.

England will face Kenya, Argentina and Papua New Guinea in Pool A.

South Africa have made the best start of all sides this season, finishing first in Dubai and second in Cape Town. They are down on experience in the absence of Kyle Brown and Cecil Afrika but captain Philip Snyman said they weren't making excuses and were focused on winning the series.

"We played fantastic rugby in Dubai and in Cape Town, but Wellington has always been difficult for us. But the guys are looking nice and sharp so hopefully if we can build on our momentum we'll have a good week here," he said.

South Africa will play Fiji, Australia and Japan in Pool B while Scotland, Wales, Russia and Canada will contest Pool D.