Ioane brothers back to bolster final Sevens squad before Rio

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The New Zealand Sevens team has been boosted by the return of the Ioane brothers for the final two legs of the World Series.

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Akira Ioane and Rieko Ioane have joined the squad for the legs in Paris and London later this month in what will be the squad's final hit out before the Rio Olympics.

The squad includes injured captain Scott Curry who will train with the squad, but not play in the tournaments, with Sam Dickson, Ben Lam, Joe Webber all not considered due to injury.

In mid-June all 16 players will take part in trials for the New Zealand Olympic sevens team which will be named by the New Zealand Olympic Committee in early July.

All Blacks Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens said Dickson and Webber were still in the frame for selection depending on their progress with injuries. The door also remained opened for others in the event of injuries to squad members.

"We're taking 16 to Europe so we can share the workload and give all players the opportunity to make the final team so to that end we’ll be using a different 12 for Paris and London.

"It’s a very experienced group coupled with an exciting core of young players who are tasting sevens for the first time this season so it's great we can take a larger group then normal to these two tournaments as we build towards Rio."

New Zealand has been drawn in Pool A in Paris alongside Singapore Sevens winners Kenya, Portugal and Russia. The team is currently third in the season standings behind South Africa and series leader, Fiji.

Team: Pita Ahki, Kurt Baker, Dylan Collier, Scott Curry, DJ Forbes, Akira Ioane, Rieko Ioane, Gillies Kaka, Liam Messam, Tim Mikkelson, Sione Molia, Lewis Ormond, Augustine Pulu, Teddy Stanaway, Regan Ware, Sonny Bill Williams

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