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Injury hits New Zealand ahead of Cape Town leg

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New Zealand 7s coach Gordon Tietjens New Zealand 7s coach Gordon Tietjens New Zealand sevens coach Gordon Tietjens has called in three replacements for the Cape Town Sevens this weekend after his side was ravaged by injury at the Dubai Sevens.

Five players are returning home to New Zealand after sustaining injuries in the hard and fast conditions at the season-opening event.

Scott Curry (dislocated shoulder), Gillies Kaka (ankle), Tim Mikkelson (concussion), Sherwin Stowers (broken arm) and Regan Ware (ankle) have all been ruled out of the trip to South Africa.

They have been replaced in the sevens squad by Antonio Kirikiri (Manawatu), Beaudein Waaka (Taranaki) and Ambrose Curtis (Manawatu).

Waka has recovered from a knee injury sustained in Dubai last week after passing a fitness test on Sunday.

The depth of Tietjens' squad will be severely tested early in the 2015-16 championship.

New Zealand, who finished fourth at the event after being beaten by 31-12 by the United States, flew to Cape Town on Monday.

The Kiwis will face France, Canada and Samoa on day one of the tournament overnight Saturday (NZ time).

Tietjens has led New Zealand to 12 IRB Sevens World Series Championship titles in the past 15 seasons.

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