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- Rodwell reaches 100 tries
England lost 41-28 to Canada in the Challenge Trophy semi-final at the HSBC Paris Sevens in James Rodwell's last ever appearance for England.
The most capped player on the HSBC World Sevens Series bowed out after a young England side, including seven debutants, lost to Canada in an end-to-end encounter.
Canada scored first through Mike Fuailefau following early pressure from the kick-off and bagged their second score when Josiah Morra broke free to run in from halfway following a turnover at the breakdown.
Calum Waters dragged England back into the game after chipping over the top and collecting to race in under the posts. The conversion was added by Chris Cook.
Cook then put England in the lead after latching on to a fine off-load from Will Glover. However, Canada's Phil Bern then crossed and Morra added his second to leave the score 22-14 in Canada's favour at half-time.
In the second period, Canada picked up where they left off and Morra found Cooper Coats with an inside pass to extend their lead.
George de Cothi broke from the back of the scrum to run in from deep inside his own half to give England hope.
But Morra soon added his third after de Cothi was sent to the sin bin for a deliberate knock-on. Ollie Hassell-Collins pulled another back for England but with the clock in the red, Jake Thiel scored to give Canada a 41-28 victory.
Earlier on day two, Rodwell reached 100 career tries for England Sevens as they won their Challenge Trophy quarter-final 52-7 against Japan 52-7.
On day one, England' lost their pool games against Fiji, Ireland and Argentina but they bounced back in emphatic style at Stade Jean-Bouin against Japan.
100 tries for the big man in his last ever rugby sevens tournament. @James_Rodwell has given everything to this sport.— World Rugby Sevens (@WorldRugby7s) June 2, 2019
The most capped player of all time. True legend status. #DHLRugby pic.twitter.com/sogRTyZfe7
It was England who took the lead after two minutes, as Waters raced in from Rodwell's offload, and Rodwell then turned try scorer himself in what is the 34-year-olds final ever tournament before his retirement.
Rodwell was again involved in the build-up play as Glover went over for England, and Glover's deceptive running saw him grab a second before the break with England 26-0 ahead, as Cook converted three of the four scores.
England continued to dominate the ball in the second half and Waters grabbed his second when his gathered his own kick forward, Ben Harris superbly finished from de Cothi's kick and then Hassell-Collins crossed as Simon Amor's side reached seven tries.
Japan, who were knocked out of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series for next season with the loss, got a consolation score when Kazushi Hano ran in, before Rodwell's second score from Femi Sofolarin's pass saw him reach 100 tries on the circuit in his 93rd and final tournament.
England fixtures and results
Pool A - England 14-52 Fiji
Tries: Harris, Rodwell
Pool A - England 14-27 Ireland
Tries: Harris, Sofolarin
Pool A - England 19-31 Argentina
Tries: Waters, De Cothi, Coyle
Challenge quarter-final - England 52-7 Japan
Tries: Waters (2), Rodwell (2), Glover (2), Harris, Hassell-Collins
Challenge semi-final - England 28-41 Canada
Tries: Waters, Cook, de Cothi, Hassell-Collins
England Sevens squad
Jamie Barden (c)
George de Cothi
13th man: Will Hendy