All Blacks Sevens welcome two new caps

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Two new caps have been named in the All Blacks Sevens team for the final tournament in the rugby sevens world series in London this weekend.

Tamati Samuels and Jessie Houston join the side for the first time, while Andrew Knewstubb returns from injury.

Rocky Khan (calf), Sione Molia (shoulder) and Jamie Booth (quad) are still unavailable after picking up injuries in last weekend's Paris tournament, where the Kiwis finished third.

All Blacks Sevens coach Scott Waldrom said the team are still disappointed with their 26-5 loss to South Africa in the semi-finals last week.

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

"With a bit more time together this week we are hoping to do even better in the final tournament of the series."

Waldrom said the All Blacks Sevens had a very competitive pool comprising Japan, Canada and Fiji.

"Canada won the recent Singapore tournament and will be very confident after beating us in the quarter-finals of that tournament, and playing our old rivals Fiji is always a tough game.

"But to win tournaments you have to win all your games, and our first focus will be the improving Japanese side coached by Kiwi Damian Karuna."

All Blacks Sevens:

DJ Forbes, Sam Dickson, Fa'asiu Fuatai, Jesse Houston, Trael Joass, Andrew Knewstubb, Tim Mikkelson, Tone Ng Shiu, Tamati Samuels, Sherwin Stowers, Regan Ware, Joe Webber. Thirteenth player: Lewis Ormond.

- NZ Newswire

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