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Concussed Curry to miss Las Vegas sevens

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/03/2017

All Blacks Sevens captain Scott Curry is still feeling the after-effects of concussion and will miss this weekend's world series tournament in Las Vegas.

Curry suffered a minor concussion during training a couple of weeks ago, coach Scott Waldrom said.

"We were hopeful he would be able to play this weekend, and while he is technically clear and keen to play, we are erring on the side of caution.

"We are optimistic he'll be able fresh and available for Vancouver next week."

Sevens stalwart and former skipper DJ Forbes will pick up the captaincy for the tournament.

Waldrom says his team are in good shape after a week's training at Mount Maunganui, but will be tackling a tough pool in Las Vegas which comprises Kenya, Russia and Argentina.

"There are a variety of styles that we will be playing against," he said.

"We're looking forward to playing Argentina again, after the disappointing loss to them in Wellington.

"We didn't put in a performance we were proud of, so this is a chance for the team to step up and play the way we should be playing."

After three tournaments, New Zealand sit third on the standings with 17 points, two behind England and five astray of leaders South Africa.

The All Blacks Sevens were beaten 12-5 by England in the Sydney tournament semi-finals early last month, going on to account for Australia 29-14 in the bronze medal play-off.

All Blacks Sevens: DJ Forbes, Dylan Collier, Iopu Iopu-Aso, Trael Joass, Andrew Knewstubb, Vilimoni Koroi, Tim Mikkelson, Sione Molia, Tone Ng Shiu, Sherwin Stowers, Isaac Te Tamaki, Beaudein Waaka. 13th player: Ambrose Curtis.

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