There have been a raft of changes to the All Black Sevens side which won the Commonwealth Games gold medal for this weekend's round of the world series in Singapore.
Scott Curry and Sam Dickson are on the injured list while Joe Webber is ill.
Regan Ware is on parental leave while Vilimoni Koroi is playing for the New Zealand under-20 fifteen.
Backs Ngarohi McGarvey-Black and Joe Ravouvou return to the squad, while Teddy Stanaway and Tone Ng Shiu bolster the forward park.
Spirits are high after the recent success, but coach Clark Laidlaw said the team is focussed on what is ahead of them.
"We're really looking forward to see how these players go. Guys are going to have to step up, start games and get good game time," Coach Clark Laidlaw said.
"All the players that have come in have played well as of late so we've got a mix of guys who played well in Hong Kong and guys who played well at the Commonwealth Games so there is a real energy," he said.
"This is another tournament, we start again. The Commonwealth Games was a pinnacle event and one we tried to do well in and we're delighted we managed that. But we've got three tournaments left in the World Series and we are sitting third, so we want to get as many points as we can."
New Zealand play Wales, Australia and Scotland in their pool matches on Saturday afternoon.