Amor: brilliant to see youngsters adapt

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  • Watch the HSBC London Sevens at Twickenham (20-21 May). Tickets available here.

England Sevens Head Coach Simon Amor said he was pleased with the effort of his team in Paris as they overcame a double injury blow to finish fourth.

England topped their pool after beating hosts France and Spain before drawing with Kenya. However, senior players Dan Bibby and Tom Bowen suffered injuries and were unable to take part in day two.

England beat USA but then lost to Scotland in the semi-final and to New Zealand in the bronze medal match.

"I’m really pleased with the effort shown by the boys right through the weekend," said Amor. "Putting in those levels of effort was a strong focus for us and we played some good rugby on occasions. 

"Unfortunately the nature of sevens means you pick up bumps and without Dan Bibby and Tom Bowen today we had to throw a lot of our young guys into completely different positons to what they are used to. 

"It was brilliant to see them giving it everything on the field and just adapting to the situation - they will learn a lot from this experience."

England are currently second in the overall World Sevens Series standings and will be looking to cement that spot behind champions South Africa in London and secure their highest finish since 2006.  

"Everyone is excited about playing in their home tournament next weekend to finish the World Series – there is so much about that event that we are looking forward to," said Amor.

Watch the HSBC London Sevens at Twickenham (20-21 May). Tickets available here.