New Zealand’s Sevens go into this round of the Sevens series looking to improve on their quarter-final exit from the main draw in Wellington last week.
New Zealand Sevens skipper Scott Curry said the side had been working on finishing off their line breaks. They had created opportunities in Wellington last weekend, especially against Fiji, but they hadn’t finished while securing the ball in the contact area was another goal for Sydney.
“We lost a bit of ball in that area so we have been working on that this week as well,” Curry told the All Blacks website.
Two new players would appear in Sydney Trael Joass and Andrew Knewstubb with Isaac Te Tamaki and Tong Ng Shiu the travelling reserves.
“It’s pretty exciting to see them. Stubby [Knewstubb] was player of the tournament in our national tournament back in Rotorua so we’re excited to see how he goes and Trael is looking really good at training,” he said.
Curry didn’t think Australia’s home advantage would be a significant factor in their pool game to open the tournament.
“Every tournament is pretty tough these days and I don’t think you can say there is any easy pool or hard pool. The Aussies first up is going to be pretty cool in Sydney and in front of their home crowd so we are looking forward to that one,” he said.