The champion New Zealand rugby sevens side is third equal after the second leg of the IRB World Series in Dubai, following an unprecedented 10-7 exit to eventual winners England in the Cup quarter-finals.
New Zealand went on to lose the Plate semi-final to Australia, 26-12. It's the first time the side's ever lost three straight games
England retained their Dubai title, beating France 29-12 in the Cup final to go second behind Fiji overall.
Australia won the plate, beating South Africa 17-14.