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Further injury blows for Kiwi Sevens

22nd January 2014 07:18


David Raikuna New zealand sevens twickenham

Called up: David Raikuna

IRB Sevens World Series leaders New Zealand have been forced to make more changes to their squad for this weekend's Las Vegas Sevens tournament.

Outside backs Sherwin Stowers and Joe Webber have both been ruled out. Veteran Sevens performers Waisake Naholo and David Raikuna have been called in as replacements.

Sir Gordon Tietjens' squad have already lost veteran playmaker Tomasi Cama to calf muscle injury while Auckland's Akira Ioane had to withdraw last week from what would have been his first tournament after failing to obtain the required travel documents.

New Zealand have never won in Las Vegas in five attempts but Tietjens says the injuries have left him with a large team physically, which will suit the unusually narrow field used in Las Vegas.

New Zealand Squad: DJ Forbes (capt), Scott Curry, Ambrose Curtis, Sam Dickson, Bryce Heem, Mark Jackman, Gillies Kaka, Tim Mikkelson, Lote Raikabula, Waisake Naholo, George Tilsley, David Raikuna