FOLLOWING their 15-a-side counterparts winning The Rugby Championship after a pulsating victory against South Africa last weekend, the focus now turns to another of New Zealand's defending world champions, the All Black Sevens.
Having won the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow shortly after they won an 11th HSBC Sevens World Series title, New Zealand head into this weekend's Gold Coast Sevens at Skilled Park still as the team to beat.
Returning to the squad for the first round of the HSBC Sevens World Series after a long-term injury is Scott Curry, and understandably he is raring to get on the field at Skilled Park.
"I am absolutely stoked ," said Curry.
"I have had a pretty horror run with injuries the last two years but I am just happy to be back in the team now, a Rugby World Cup Sevens winning team at that, so even better."
Many sides around New Zealand have changed their head coaches in the off-season in the hope of preventing New Zealand winning a 12th World Series title.
But Curry and his teammates, including Sherwin Stowers, will be led once again by Sir Gordon Tietjens, who has been in charge of the All Blacks Sevens since the Series began.
"He is an awesome coach and his record speaks for itself really," said Curry. "From a players perspective to have him still here."