Things went from bad to worse for New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens when influential winger Roy Kinikinilau failed to pass a fitness test and was dropped from the 12-strong squad officially announced yesterday. Tietjens, who had earlier been disappointed when All Blacks winger Joe Rokocoko had turned down an opportunity to be part of the team to defend the World Cup, was left crushed on finding out that his medical team had not cleared Kinikinilau. The winger picked up a hamstring injury during the Wellington Sevens and it was further aggravated by lower back problems. 'His absence is a big blow to us,' said Tietjens. 'He was a crucial member of the side and he will be missed in Hong Kong.' New Zealand have called up Viliame Makasiale as a last-minute replacement. Last week Tietjens was snubbed by Blues winger Rokocoko, who said he preferred to stay with his Super 12 franchise to boost his chances of playing for the All Blacks in the home series against the British Lions this summer. Tietjens had also met with a lukewarm response from the rest of the country's Super 12 franchises despite earlier assurances that they would release players for the World Cup Sevens title defence. In the end, Tietjens could only call up Highlanders flanker Josh Blackie, Chiefs midfielder Grant McQuoid and Blues winger Rudi Wulf. New Zealand squad Liam Messam (captain), Edwin Cocker, George Naoupu, Taneru Latimer, Josh Blackie, Amasio Valence, Tamati Ellison, Tafai Ioasa, Rudi Wulf, Orene Ai'I, Grant McQuoid, Viliame Makasiale.