Kiwis back to their best in 7s series
26 January, 2018, 12:00 am
New Zealand has had an incredible start to the 2018 series. A final in Dubai and its first tournament win since April 2016 at the Cape Town sevens back in December.
They currently sit top of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series table and is looking in top form.
It hasn’t all been plain sailing for the current series leaders. A particularly tough 2017 series saw NZ finish down the table. With plenty of new players coming in and some old players calling time on their career, the side went through a bit of a transitional period.
“Yeah, it was a tough year. We didn’t have our head coach, Scott Waldrom stepped in as interim and did a really great job. We had a lot of new players involved and a few guys finishing their career as well. It was a bit of a funny one and I suppose it was used as a bit of a rebuilding year,” captain Scott Curry said.
That all seemed to change in Dubai. The New Zealand side came out and played exciting and physical rugby. It looked like a completely different team and one that seemed to be really enjoying how they were playing.
Speaking on that event, the New Zealand captain had this to say: “We just wanted to do the best we could.
“We had a really good pre-season coming up to Dubai.
“We focused a lot on our team culture and got that up and running. We worked hugely on our rugby but there was still plenty we could improve on but going into that tournament we were pretty happy where we were at and we were happy to get to the final, but we knew we had to try and go one better in Cape Town’
In 7s rugby you don’t have to wait too long to get another crack at redemption.
New Zealand players dusted themselves off and did just that a week later in Cape Town.