The All Blacks Sevens believe a home tournament and some secret weapons could get their World Series campaign back on track in Wellington this weekend.
Winger Ambrose Curtis concedes that they have failed to fire in the first few legs of the championship.
“Had a bit of a slow start, South Africa and Fiji are ahead of us but I’m pretty sure we’re getting into it.
“We’re improving in leaps and bounds and I think our home tournament can really start us rolling again.”
It’s a new look squad, who are missing veterans Tomasi Coma and Lote Rakabuka instead there is plenty of new blood with four debutants, something which Curtis thinks may be their point of difference.
Dylan Collier, Rieko Ioane, Jack Goodhue and Beaudein Waaka are all in line for their first cap when the tournament kicks off.
“I think it helps, not many teams would have seen them before, brings a real surprise, x-factor to the game.”
The 22-year-old is relishing the chance of taking a bigger part in the leadership with so many new players getting involved.
“I like getting to know the new boys and helping them out whenever I can. Puts another onus on me to help people out and enjoy my game while I do it.”
The pressure of performing in front of their home crowd is anything but daunting for the squad.
“More excited than anything, a lot more motivation to play for something especially when you see your friends in the crowd,” said Curtis.
He’s hoping that the crowds will defy the reports that Wellington Stadium will be lacking the fans.
“I hope there will be a lot more people coming on the day but if not we still love our home town.”
The All Blacks Sevens open their campaign against Canada before facing Papua New Guinea and England.