The All Blacks 7s team has been hit with an injury blow on arrival in Tokyo with senior player Sam Dickson ruled out of the Olympics due to a hamstring injury sustained in training.
They announced Dickson’s injury yesterday afternoon, saying he picked it up in Townsville.
Travelling reserve forward Amanaki Nicole will replace Dickson.
The men’s Olympic 7s competition runs from next Monday until Wednesday with the All Blacks 7s being drawn in a pool with Korea, Argentina and Australia.
The Fiji Men’s 7s team will begin their defence of the Olympic gold medal against Japan at 12pm next Monday and then play Canada at 8pm.
Fiji will play Great Britain at 12.30pm next Tuesday.
The quarterfinals will start at 8.30pm next Tuesday, the semifinals will be played from 2pm next Wednesday while the final will be played at 9pm next Wednesday.
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