Teddy Stanaway won't play at Olympics

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All Blacks Sevens Teddy Stanaway training at Blake Park. Photo/File
All Blacks Sevens Teddy Stanaway training at Blake Park. Photo/File

Bay of Plenty Steamers player Teddy Stanaway will miss out on playing at the 2016 Rio Olympics after injuring his hand during training.

The All Blacks Sevens player fractured his wrist during the team's training camp in Florida, a week out from the games.

All Blacks Seven coach Sir Gordon Tietjens said Stanaway injured his hand at a point of contact in a training game against the USA.

He had a hand fracture and unfortunately, though they gave him a bit of time he did not pass the test, he said.

"[He] couldn't grip."

Tietjens said it was a tough blow for Stanaway.

"It's devastating for him, but he took it so well. He has family coming over, which was for him huge, to have that support in your first Olympic games, and then all of a sudden to be ruled out through injury."

He has been replaced by Lewis Ormond. Liam Messam has been called to Rio on standby and will stay outside the Olympic village.

Before the squad left for a pre-Olympics camp in Florida, Tietjens spoke to the Bay of Plenty Times about Stanaway.

"Last year I saw him playing sevens for Mount Maunganui in a club tournament and I thought he had something," Tietjens said.

"He is probably one of our most improved players in the squad and hence he made the 16 for Rio.

"He has made huge strides. I thought he was outstanding against England and Argentina in the last two games we played in the UK series. He is learning more and more every day on how the game's played.

"He's fast, he has a lovely step. I play him as forward in the game of sevens. It suits him. He looks like a number seven and he also has some very good skills of a back. He is a back in the fifteens game."

- Bay of Plenty Times

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