Exeter win helps World Cup momentum - Norton

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England Sevens back Dan Norton feels the squad are in a good place heading into the Rugby World Cup Sevens after their triumph at the Mitsubishi Motors Exeter 7s.

Norton was one of three try scorers as England beat Russia 15-5 in the final at Sandy Park on Sunday.

He was one of a number of senior players selected in the squad as they continue to build-up to the World Cup in San Francisco later this month.

“It’s a nice win," said the 30-year-old. "We progressed over the weekend with the five wins out of the six so we're pretty happy.

“This will give us some good momentum going into the knockout phase of the World Cup, we’ve got some exciting but challenging games coming up but we’re all looking forward to it.

“We’ve all got some valuable minutes, we’re all in a good place looking forward to the World Cup and it’s been a great weekend all round."

Coming home

There was a party atmosphere in Exeter as the sun shone over the two-day tournament and fans were also able to watch England's football team beat Sweden in the World Cup at the ground.

England ran out in each game to Three Lions by the Lightning Seeds to get the football theme going and forward James Rodwell, also a scorer in the final, said it all contributed to a feel-good atmosphere in Devon.

“The crowd were amazing all weekend in Exeter, they love their rugby here," he said.

“It definitely gave you a few goosebumps running out to Three Lions and the boys have been trying to watch it whenever we can around games.

“There’s a real buzz around the while country at the moment so it was nice to get the win this weekend as well."