Rugby: NZ take narrow lead in sevens

Charles Piutau of New Zealand runs the ball. Photo / Getty Images.
Charles Piutau of New Zealand runs the ball. Photo / Getty Images.

Reigning sevens champions New Zealand head into this weekend's penultimate round of the Sevens World Series with Fiji breathing down their neck in the race to be crowned champions.

The nine-time series champions take a narrow six-point lead into the eighth event of the circuit, held at Scoutstoun Stadium in Scotland, with just the London tournament to follow.

New Zealand have strengthened their side for the tournament, recalling leading try scorer Frank Halai and forward Solomon King after both men recovered from injury.

The series leaders will face Samoa, France and Spain on day one, while Fiji are grouped with Argentina, Portugal and Zimbabwe.

New Zealand's consistency have seen them make five finals from eight events, winning two, and accumulating 128 points in the process.

Perennial rivals Fiji are on 122 ahead of the Glasgow round, and with 22 points available for the winner there is much to play for in the final two stops.

- APNZ

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