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Etene Nanai-Seturo of New Zealand (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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Former schoolboy sensation Etene Nanai-Seturo made his return to the All Blacks Sevens side for the Cape Town leg of the Sevens World Series over the weekend.


The electric 19-year-old – signed up to play Super Rugby with the Chiefs next season – made his presence felt with an audacious try against Australia in the Cup quarterfinal.

Receiving the ball from the back of a ruck and close to halfway, Nanai-Seturo hit Australian speedster Maurice Longbottom with a devastating in and out move before racing away untouched and scoring under the posts.

After edging Australia 26-17 in the quarterfinal, the All Blacks Sevens were downed by the USA Eagles in the semifinal.

The USA raced out to a 19-0 lead at halftime, with boom forward Danny Barrett trucking past two New Zealand defenders to score one of the tournament’s more impressive tries. The final score was 31-12, with the USA crossing for five tries.


USA were beaten in the final by perennial champions Fiji who took home another Sevens title, winning 29-15 in what was a rather one-sided final.

With a pair of consecutive silvers to start their World Series, the USA find themselves atop the standings with 38 competition points.

The All Blacks Sevens would finish a disappointing fourth, going down to South Africa in the bronze playoff. After struggling through day one and almost missing the cup finals for the first time in team history, the side will be looking to rebound in Hamilton next month.



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