- England lose 12-5 to New Zealand in Paris bronze match
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England finished fourth at the Paris Sevens after losing 12-5 to New Zealand in the bronze medal match.
A Will Edwards try in the corner was the only score of a physical first half as England went in 5-0 up.
However, New Zealand hit back in the second half. Sam Dickson collected a cross field kick to score before Joe Webber added the conversion from out wide to give New Zealand the lead.
Sherwin Stowers clinched the game for New Zealand showing great pace to finish with a minute remaining.
Earlier in the day, England had beaten USA 26-12 in the quarter-final but fell to a narrow 19-17 loss to Scotland in the semi-final. New Zealand had lost to South Africa in their semi-final.
England started day two without the influential Dan Bibby and speedster Tom Bowen due to injury.
England’s loss in the semi-final meant that South Africa were crowned HSBC World Sevens Series champions.
England finished the Paris tournament in 2nd place overall as they head to the final round at Twickenham next weekend (tickets available here) hoping to secure their highest overall finish since 2006.
England lost to Scotland in the semi-final despite a hat trick from all time World Sevens Series top try scorer Dan Norton.
Scotland led 12-5 at half-time after George Horne scored the opening try in the corner, despite the best efforts of the covering Dan Norton.
Norton levelled the scores before Scott Wight bust through to score for Scotland on the stroke of half-time.
Mark Robertson collected his own grubber kick to register the first score of the second half, leaving England with a 14 point deficit to pull back with 5 minutes left on the clock.
Once more, Norton produced some outstanding footwork to finish in the corner and haul England back into the game.
Norton crossed for his 255th World Sevens Series try to complete his hat trick in the final play of the game and leave England agonisingly short of victory.
England put in a fine performance to beat USA 26-12 in the quarter-final.
England led 14-5 at half-time with Perry Baker opening the scoring out wide for the Eagles. England hit back through a brilliant try from captain Tom Mitchell.
Mitchell made a scything break to score under the posts and duly converted his own try. On the stroke of half-time, Ruaridh Mcconnochie gathered a looping pass to break and off-loaded from the floor to an on-rushing Charlie Hayter to extend England's lead. Mitchell again converted.
After the break, Baker once more crossed out wide to reduce England's lead to two points. However, Ollie Lyndsay-Hague plucked an intercept pass out the air and cruised in from 50m with Mitchell converting.
World Sevens Series all time top try scorer Norton secured the win with a trademark break in the wide channel to give England a 26-12 victory.
Yesterday, England topped their pool in the penultimate HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series competition after recording a 31-0 win over Spain, beating France 24-7 and drawing 12-12 with Kenya.
England Sevens squad for Paris: Dan Bibby, Tom Bowen, Phil Burgess, Will Edwards, Harry Glover, Charlie Hayter, Ollie Lindsay-Hague, Ruaridh McConnochie, Tom Mitchell, Callum Sirker, Dan Norton, James Rodwell, 13th man: Will Glover.
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