19 Jan 2012

Five changes to New Zealand sevens trial squad

12:25 pm on 19 January 2012

New Zealand sevens coach Gordon Tietjens has made five changes to his 30-strong trial squad that has gathered in Mt Maunganui.

Manawatu's Rob Thompson, Waikato's Steve Ketu, Tasman's Shane Christie, Wellington's George Tisley and Auckland's Ben Paltridge have been called in as replacements.

Injury, ineligibility, a bereavement and pursuing the possibility of playing for other nations have resulted in five players initially named dropping out of this week's trial.

A squad of 15 contracted players is scheduled to be named early next week.