2 Apr 2009

New Zealand make three changes to sevens side for Adelaide

11:44 am on 2 April 2009

The New Zealand rugby sevens coach Gordon Tietjens has had to make three changes to his squad for the Adelaide International Sevens, the sixth leg of the IRB Sevens World Series.

Bay of Plenty's Lance MacDonald joins the team for the first time since 2006 as a replacement for Victor Vito, who has rejoined the Hurricanes squad in South Africa.

Tietjens also gives debuts to Luke Hamilton and Jeremy Cave, replacing Tomasi Cama and Jordan Puletua, who have been ruled out with finger ligament and hamstring injuries respectively.

Tietjens said that losing Cama and Puletua was a blow to the team and only added to the "miserable run of injuries" which his squad has had this season.

Zar Lawrence has rejoined the team in Adelaide following his brother's tangi in the Far North.

New Zealand start their Adelaide campaign with a match on Friday night against World Champions Wales and then face further pool matches against Tonga and USA on Saturday.