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Curry returns to boost All Blacks Sevens

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/03/2017

All Blacks Sevens coach Scott Waldrom wants improved discipline and a reduced error rate from his team at the Vancouver Sevens world series tournament this weekend.

Waldrom has made a couple of changes to the team which finished fourth at the Las Vegas tournament last weekend, losing 19-15 to the United States in the bronze medal play-off.

Captain Scott Curry returns after missing the Las Vegas tournament as a precaution due to mild concussion.

Ambrose Curtis, who was called into the team as injury cover, has been named in the starting 12 after impressing off the bench last weekend.

Andrew Knewstubb moves down to 13th man, and Tone Ng Shiu is travelling reserve.

Waldrom said Curry's leadership, aerial skills and speed up front would be a huge boost for the All Blacks Sevens, while Curtis had earned his spot with a sharp performance in Las Vegas.

"I'm looking for the team to step up and play with improved discipline," Waldrom said.

"In Las Vegas we showed glimpses of the squad we can be, but we let ourselves down in the games that mattered with simple errors.

"To move past the semi-finals and take out a tournament, we need to play without mistakes in every game."

The New Zealanders have yet to make a final in this year's world series, and in Vancouver face a challenging pool consisting of Russia, Scotland and Canada.

The Kiwis sit fourth on the overall standings with 71 points, 10 behind third-placed England.

South Africa, who have won four of the five tournaments to date, lead with 107 points, with Fiji second on 83.

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

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