New Zealand will miss the services of five players including their skipper Scott Curry who picked a concussion, as they travel to France for Paris 7s.
Trio Dylan Collier, Joe Ravovou, Isaac Te Tamaki have been left out of the squad due to knee injuries while Beaudein Waaka has a broken leg.
Joe Webber, Lewis Ormond and Sam Dickson have made a return to the team and Jamie Booth, Fa’asiu Fuatai and Jesse Houston have benefited on injuries as they have been called up to fill the void left by injured players.
Head coach Scott Waldrom is disappointed with the growing list of injuries but he believes the new faces will have a chance to gain experience and widen the pool of players in his team.
“It’s disappointing we have so many injuries, but this is a great opportunity for the new guys to put their hand up to be involved in the All Blacks Sevens programme heading forward. At this stage in the season a lot of teams are getting hit with injuries so it’s something we have to accept and deal with. The new players have brought some great enthusiasm to training this week and it has lifted everyone’s performance so far, Scott was quoted by World Rugby.
New Zealand squad: DJ Forbes, Jamie Booth, Sam Dickson, Fa’asiu Fuatai, Jesse Houston, Trael Joass, Rocky Khan, Tim Mikkelson, Sione Molia, Tone Ng Shiu, Lewis Ormond, Sherwin Stowers, Regan Ware, Joe Webber