Sevens: All Blacks make strong start in Los Angeles

The All Blacks Sevens finsihed day one of the Los Angeles leg of the World Series, with wins over Wales, Spain and England.

The All Blacks Sevens started the day with a 42-7 win over Wales, before beating Spain 21-7 and pipping England 21-17.

Against Wales, NZ captain captain Tim Mikkelson was among the try-scorer in his record-breaking 90th tournament, surpassing the Kiwi record previously held by DJ Forbes.

The All Blacks Sevens got off to a bad start when Akuila Rokolisoa was yellow-carded for foul play, just 27 seconds into the match. 

Despite being a man down, the Kiwis were first to score when Etene Nanai-Seturo crossed for the game's opening try. 

Wales would hit back, but Mikkelson gave his side a 14-7 lead at the break. 

The All Blacks Sevens ran away with the match in the second half, with Caleb Clarke, William Warbrick, Ngarohi McGarvey-Black and Sam Dickson all scoring tries.

But the moment belonged to Mikkelson, who now sits three tournaments behind  Englishman James Rodwell's record of 93.

He is also outright second for matches played with 448, trailing current England star Dan Norton, who clocked up his 456th game at the Sydney Sevens this month.

The LA Sevens take place at the Dignity Health Sports Park - home of the LA Galaxy football team. Los Angeles last hosted the tournament in 2006. 

New Zealand are currently top of the world series standings, after winning the Cape Town and Hamilton titles this season. 

However, they finished fifth in the most recent tournament in Sydney.