- England beat New Zealand and Scotland
- England face Samoa on Sunday (09:52 BST)
England Men Sevens will face Samoa in the Challenge Cup quarter final after ending day one with a 17-12 win against New Zealand at the HSBC London Sevens at Twickenham Stadium.
After starting the day with a 17-21 loss to Ireland, England bounced back with an impressive four try 24-21 victory against Scotland and beat New Zealand 17-12 to finish third in Pool C. England will face Samoa at 09:52 BST on Sunday.
New Zealand, Ireland and England all finished the group with seven points but England missed out on qualifying for the Cup due to an inferior points difference.
Against the Kiwis, England were ahead inside the first minute when Ollie Lindsay-Hague spotted a gap and darted through to score out wide, with the conversion by Will Edwards.
New Zealand's Scott Gregory got them level as he burst through and showed his strength by riding the tackle, but England would take a lead into the break as Dan Norton scored with the last play of the half.
In the second half Will Edwards produced some dazzling footwork before racing through to score. Tone Ng Shiu then barged over for New Zealand but England held out to win 17-12.
Reacting to day one, England head coach Simon Amor said: “Obviously we're disappointed to win two games and not go through to the Cup, but this tournament is all about a young group of players and delivering the effort that’s expected of them in an England shirt at Twickenham – they did that right throughout today and I was so pleased.
“The progress the young guys have made is fantastic and we’re really encouraged by that.
“Most of that New Zealand team played us in the World Cup final back in July so for us to have a lot of the young guys experience that for the first time.
“The passion in the crowd with Swing Low being sung around it really lifted those young guys and I hope the effort put on the field helped inspire the crowd as well."
In England's second match of the day, Scotland got the first points of the game when Jamie Farndale crossed out wide, but England responded straight away when Dan Norton was fed in space out wide and he raced down the wing to score - Edwards converting.
From the kick-off, Scotland were in straight away as Alec Coombes broke the defensive line and sprinted down the middle of the pitch to under the posts. They Scots added another from a clever short kick-off and Robbie Ferguson again had a free sprint for a third.
The final score of the half would go to England though as the ball was spun to Norton again as it sat 12-21 to Scotland at the break.
Ollie Lindsay-Hague grabbed the first score of the second half after collecting his own chip over the top to bring England within two points of Scotland.
England pressed hard and a series of penalties led to Scotland's Glenn Bryce heading to the sin bin before Tom Bowen produced a spectacular diving finish in the corner to win the game at the death.
In England's first game it was Ireland who opened the scoring when Ian Fitzpatrick went over from close range after a quick tap penalty.
England responded when Phil Burgess broke the line and fed Ryan Olowofela to stroll in under the posts, successfully converted by Edwards as it sat 7-7 at the break.
Ireland scored first in the second half with Bryan Mollen dotting down out wide before Billy Dardis converted, but the home side hit straight back with Tom Bowen racing down the touchline to score after a sublime one-handed off-load from Edwards.
The stage was set for all-time sevens appearance record holder James Rodwell, making his final HSBC London Sevens appearance before retiring at the end of the season, and he delivered with a fine try to edge England ahead, but Ireland emerged victorious following a last minute converted try from Mick McGrath.
England fixtures and results
Pool C - England 17-21 Ireland
Tries: Olowofela, Bowen, Rodwell
Pool C - England 24-21 Scotland
Tries: Norton (2), Lindsay-Hague, Bowen
Pool C - England 17-12 New Zealand
Tries: Lindsay-Hague, Norton, Edwards
Challenge Cup quarter-final - England v Samoa (09:52 BST)
Phil Burgess (c)
Richard de Carpentier
13th man: Femi Sofolarin