Curtis returns to NZ Sevens fold

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:35
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SEVENS: Ambrose Curtis will make his return to the Sevens World Series after being named in the All Blacks Sevens squad for the Las Vegas and Vancouver legs of the Series in March.

Curtis last appeared on the circuit in 2015 and has since gone on to represent the Maori All Blacks on their Northern Hemisphere Tour at the end of last year and has been on a training contract with the Blues.

"It's great to have a largely settled squad to take to North America. The new players who debuted in the Wellington and Sydney legs have impressed this far, so it's good to keep giving them game time and experience.

"The team lifted their performance in Sydney after a disappointing tournament in Wellington. We showed in Sydney that we can compete against the top teams in the Series, but in order for us to win Las Vegas, we have to maintain our consistency.

"As always, the Sevens Series pool play has its challenges. Russia won the Challenge Trophy in Sydney, Argentina beat us in Wellington and Kenya is always an exciting team to play against.

"We won't be taking any of the matches for granted. We also face the challenge of a three-day tournament which we haven't had before in this Series," head coach Scott Waldrom.

Joe Webber, Sam Dickson, Lewis Ormond, Teddy Stanaway and Rocky Khan were unavailable for selection due to injury.

All Blacks Sevens squad: Scott Curry (captain), Dylan Collier, Ambrose Curtis, DJ Forbes, Iopu Iopu-Aso, Trael Joass, Andrew Knewstubb, Vilimoni Koroi, Tim Mikkelson, Sione Molia, Tone Ng Shiu, Sherwin Stowers, Isaac Te Tamaki, Beaudein Waaka.

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