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Blues young guns Rieko and Akira Ioane have no regrets about committing to NZ Sevens

Blues brothers Rieko and Akira Ioane will be joining the NZ Sevens team after their clash against the Rebels next week.

After a storming game against the Sharks and a superb solo try last week, 19-year-old Ioane has no regrets about leaving the Blues to join the NZ Sevens.

"Nah, I'm still pretty young so I guess the Olympics only comes round every so often," said Ioane.

His teammate Rene Ranger suffered a season-ending ACL injury last week and the young star has high hopes that with time he will slot into his preferred midfield position.

"It is a bit of a bummer with Rene out, hopefully I will be looking to get some time in at centre, my preferred position. Wing is pretty cool at the moment."

Sir Gordon Tietjens will be relieved to have the firepower of the Ioane brothers at his disposal for the Paris tournament on May 13-15; after his side lost to Samoa in the Plate final in Singapore on Sunday, 26-21.

In form Blues right winger Ioane has been doing extras with his brother Akira to prepare for Tietjens' gruelling training regimes.

"Fitness that has got to change in the coming weeks, I have got to put in a lot more work than the other players to get to that level."

Blues coach Tana Umaga has no problems with the Ioane brothers' commitment to Sevens and is confident in the depth of his squad to replace them and Ranger.

"I think we would love to if we could, but obviously I think Sevens have precedence that's what we were told at the start and we bought right into that," said Umaga.

"We knew right from the start what was going to happen, it's just the way it has worked out. It's unfortunate but that's life.

"It was their choice, they decided to go with Sevens and we support them in that and we also support New Zealand Sevens."


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