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All Blacks Sevens step up preparations for Glasgow and London

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James Mortimer     19 Apr 2013     Getty Images

For Gordon Tietjens and his team, the leg in Scotland could see the All Blacks Sevens claim their 11th title in 14 seasons, with New Zealand currently leading the series with 132 points, with South Africa second on 100 points.

Technically a Plate win – worth 13 series points - in Scotland (beaten Cup quarter-finalists contest for the Plate) would secure the All Blacks Sevens their third straight series win.

However one suspects the goal maybe a little higher for Tietjens, with the All Blacks Sevens defending champions in Scotland, while this season has been a campaign about consistency.

The All Blacks Sevens have won one Final, contested four more, and always reached the semi-finals of the Cup stage, a record of consistent competitiveness that Tietjens, somewhat prophetically, said would be the key to winning an increasingly tough series.

The final leg of the series is in London, where Fiji are the defending champions.

The squad assembles next week and will be training at Blake Park from Tuesday, with the final squad naming for the final two legs to take place on Thursday.

The team departs for the United Kingdom next weekend.

Current standings HSBC Sevens World Series (top five)

• New Zealand   132
• South Africa     100
• Fiji                       98
• Samoa                94 
• France                77

For further information on the 2012/2013 series visit www.irbsevens.com

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