Tiejtens eager to fix poor Dubai record

Date published: November 22 2015

New Zealand Sevens head coach Sir Gordon Tietjens is hungry to get the new Sevens World Series started after a poor finish last season.

New Zealand have won 12 of their 16 World Series so far but finished third in 2014/2015 behind South Africa and winners Fiji.

On top of that they only triumphed at one of the nine events, on home soil in Wellington.

New Zealand haven't won the Dubai leg of the World Series since 2009, with a 24-12 victory over Samoa, and Tietjens is eager to correct that poor run.

One notable change ahead of the new season is that Scott Curry has replaced DJ Forbes as captain.

Tietjens said: “We love the atmosphere in Dubai. It’s a wonderful stadium and we get great support there so it’s always a very special tournament for us.

"This year is the first tournament of the new season and we aim to do well. It’s a very competitive World Series and we were a little disappointed to finish third last season.

"Fiji deserved to win and played particularly well. The challenge for us is to start the World Series well and that means winning in Dubai. I always maintain that to do well in the Series, you have to start well right at the beginning so it’s important we’re prepared for Dubai.

"It’s been a long time since we have won in Dubai so it would be a great start to the season for us to win the first tournament.”