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All Blacks Sevens seek consistency

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/04/2017

Coach Scott Waldrom. © Getty Images Coach Scott Waldrom. Coach Scott Waldrom wants more consistency from the All Blacks Sevens in this weekend's Singapore leg of the rugby sevens world series.

The New Zealanders finished fifth in Hong Kong last weekend, and currently sit fourth in the standings with 97 points, well behind South Africa's table-topping 145.

"Our focus for Singapore is bringing a new level of consistency," Waldrom said.

"We came close against series leaders Fiji and South Africa in Hong Kong and we beat England.

"There were some encouraging moments in Hong Kong that we want to repeat this weekend, but we know we must beat all these teams to take out a tournament."

Waldrom will be missing some key players to injury in Singapore, including Dylan Collier (knee), Tim Mikkelson (shoulder) and Isaac Te Tamaki (knee).

Regular captain Scott Curry is also unavailable, due to a planned personal commitment.

Waldrom said the All Blacks Sevens had some ready-made replacements lined up from players already in Hong Kong for the recent 10s tournament.

Experienced players Joe Webber, Teddy Stanaway and Lewis Ormond have been added to the squad, as has Tasman's Tone Ng Shiu, who sat out the Hong Kong tournament.

All Blacks Sevens: DJ Forbes (captain), Sam Dickson, Iopu Iopu-Aso, Trael Joass, Andrew Knewstubb, Vilimoni Koroi, Sione Molia, Tone Ng Shiu, Joe Ravouvou, Beaudein Waaka, Regan Ware, Joe Webber. Thirteenth player: Lewis Ormond. Travelling reserve: Teddy Stanaway.

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