IRB Sevens Player of the Year Afeleke Pelenise and former captain Tafai Ioasa have been ruled out through injury from the record-breaking New Zealand squad for next week's Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens. But the absence of his two most experienced players will hardly have an impact on coach Gordon Tietjens' bid to steer the Kiwis, who have won a record 36 matches on the trot, to a successful defence of their IRB Sevens crown. Eight of the 12-strong squad, led by captain DJ Forbes, played in Hong Kong last year and have been together at all four previous legs this season. Tietjens wants to wrap up the series next Sunday and his intentions are to do it in style by winning the Cup Championship and a winner's purse of US$100,000 for the first time since 2001. 'Hong Kong is crucial because the winner earns 30 points, the most on offer at any tournament. Even though we have won the first four tournaments, we cannot afford to be complacent and it is important we continue to stay focused and continue that momentum,' Tietjens said. But the loss of Pelenise, who scored 41 tries in the series last season, and Ioasa has resulted in North Harbour teenage winger Nafi Tuitavake and Counties Manawaku scrumhalf Chad Tuoro getting their first opportunity to play in the IRB Sevens. 'Chad is very experienced at provincial level, while Nafi has performed very well in all the camps to date,' revealed Tietjens. The only other two players who have not been to Hong Kong before are new sensation Victor Vito and Rene Ranger. 'I have been lucky to have a bunch of very experienced guys who have been with me all this season. We have fielded the same seven in the starting lineup in all four finals and that counts,' said Tietjens. The unbeaten Kiwis will have one more reason to wrap up the title this weekend as Steven Yates, one of the cogs in the smooth machine, will be moving to Japan to continue his career after the Adelaide leg in April 4-5. The squad will arrive in Hong Kong tomorrow. New Zealand are drawn in an easy pool comprising the United States, Tunisia and Taiwan.