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Struggling New Zealand Sevens Team

By Samantha Semoso – EMTV Online

After finishing a disappointing fourth in Dubai last week, New Zealand performed even worse in the follow-up sevens tournament in Cape Town over the weekend.

All Blacks coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens, called for calm and was hopeful his team would get over the injury curse that has derailed the teams’ start of campaign, by getting their stars Sonny Bill Williams and Liam Messam up to speed as the priority he needs to look at in getting the team back on track in Wellington next month.

Tietjens’ priority is now getting his squad in order for the their leg in Wellington after losing two rounds in the series, after finishing fourth in the series opener in Dubai and even worse in South Africa making them equal with France, placing sixth on the points table, 10 points adrift of joint leaders Fiji and France.

Fiji won in Dubai, and South Africa found success on home soil.

Williams and former sevens star Messam will be in the mix for Wellington on January 30-31, along with XVs star Ardie Savea.

Those three have joined the sevens squad with an eye to making the team for Rio 2016.

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