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Three new faces in All Blacks Sevens

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/05/2017

All Blacks Sevens coach Scott Waldrom will try out three newcomers in his last two tournaments in charge.

Waldrom has included uncapped trio Jamie Booth (Manawatu), Fa'asium Fuatai (Otago) and Jesse Houston (Canterbury) in his 14 man squad to prepare for world series tournaments in Paris and London this month.

The New Zealand team have been underwhelming on the 2016-17 circuit, having failed to reach a final. It leaves them fourth and with little hope of improving on that.

Waldrom, who is coach on an interim basis this season before Clark Laidlaw takes over later in the year, has been forced into personnel changes by a crippling injury list.

Missing for the twin tournaments in Europe are captain Scott Curry (concussion), playmaker Vilimoni Koroi and flying winger Joe Ravouvou (knee).

Other regulars who are unavailable include Dylan Collier, Iopu Iopu-Aso, Isaac Te Tamaki and Beaudein Waaka.

Andrew Knewstubb and Teddy Stanaway are ruled out of the Paris tournament starting on May 13 but could be available in London a week later.

"Paris is an opportunity for the team to play with the determination and consistency we know we're capable of," Waldrom said.

"At this stage in the season a lot of teams are getting hit with injuries so it's something we have to accept and deal with.

"The new players have brought some great enthusiasm to training this week and it has lifted everyone's performance so far."

New Zealand's pool opponents are Wales, Argentina and the United States.

All Blacks Sevens: DJ Forbes (capt), Jamie Booth, Sam Dickson, Fa'asiu Fuatai, Jesse Houston, Trael Joass, Rocky Khan, Tim Mikkelson, Sione Molia, Tone Ng Shiu, Lewis Ormond, Sherwin Stowers, Regan Ware, Joe Webber.

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