Rugby Sevens World Series: Wellington Preview

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Rugby Sevens World Series: Wellington Preview
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2012 Champions New Zealand will defend their title in Wellington.

IRB Sevens World Series leaders New Zealand will look to repeat as champions of the 2013 Hertz Sevens on February 1st and 2nd in Wellington.

Home advantage brought benefits to the All Blacks last season, and now they return to their home ground leading the 2012/13 World Series standings by 14 points over their closest rival.

New Zealand head coach Gordon Tietjens has seen his side fall short in two Cup Finals already this season before they finally claimed victory at the South Africa Sevens in December.

With three different teams having Cup wins to date, the Series is still wide open, and the pressure on the All Blacks will be fierce. Tens of thousands will crowd into Westpac Stadium that weekend, and millions of their countrymen will follow the tournament on television and online.

Tietjens will be happy at the relatively easy draw his All Blacks have secured as a result of their December victory. That is where this tournament preview begins: with an interesting and unpredictable Pool A.

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