19 May 2017

Sevens pick fresh faces for London series

7:40 pm on 19 May 2017

Two new faces are joining the All Blacks Sevens team for the final World Series Tournament in London this weekend.

Andrew Knewstubb (centre) is back from injury.

Andrew Knewstubb (centre) is back from injury. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Tamati Samuels and Jessie Houston will join the side for the first time - Andrew Knewstubb is returning from injury.

Rocky KhanSione Molia Jamie Booth weren't available for selection after sustaining injuries in last weekend's Paris tournament.

Coach Scott Waldrom said the team was pleased with their third placed performance in Paris, but still disappointed with their loss to South Africa in the Semi Finals.

"Despite so many players being out injured we came together well in Paris with a relatively inexperienced side and produced some good sevens rugby.

"With a bit more time together this week we are hoping to do even better in the final tournament of the series. Our goal is to play exciting and consistent rugby," Waldrom said.

He said players being sidelined with injuries gives more players experience and a chance to prove themselves at an international level.

"We have a very competitive pool, Canada won the recent Singapore tournament and will be very confident after beating us in the quarterfinal of that tournament, and playing our old rivals Fiji is always a tough game.

"This year has been focused on rebuilding, blooding new talent and developing a new game plan, there's been a lot we're proud of and it would be great to end this series on a high," Waldrom said.

The side plays Japan and Canada tomorrow New Zealand time and Fiji early on Sunday morning.