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England Men Sevens will play Japan in the Challenge Cup quarter-final at HSBC Paris Sevens after they were beaten 19-31 by Argentina in their final game on day one.
With seven debutants in the squad, including a number of youngsters, England opened in the French capital with a 14-52 defeat to HSBC World Rugby Super Series leaders Fiji before a 14-27 loss against Ireland.
Against Argentina it was a loose pass from England that created the first score as Luciano Gonzalez pounced on the bouncing ball for an easy run in.
After the Argentinians had a player sent to the sin bin, England capitalised as Chris Cook sent in Calum Waters who was on a supporting line to run over, but the Pumas scored through Lautaro Bazan Velez soon after for a 14-7 lead at half-time.
Gonzalez rode a number of tackles to grab his second of the game for Argentina, Renzo Barbier latched onto a clever offload to stroll in and Barbier was in again as he ran in around the outside.
England showed fight through George de Cothi as his hitch kick and break saw him sprint in from inside his own half to score, and Max Coyle produced a break from even deeper as England reduced the final deficit.
England will play Japan at 9:44 BST on Sunday in a game you can watch on Sky Sports.
It was Ireland’s fast start that helped them get the first points of the game as a well-worked move created an overlap for Jack Kelly to dive in, before Hugo Lennox hit a close line near a ruck to power over for a second score.
A set piece move from Ireland sent Peter Maher in out wide before England got on the scoresheet when a penalty was sent out to Ben Harris who showed excellent pace to race in on the stroke of half-time.
England struck first after the turn when Femi Sofolarin was given space to exploit and he ran around the outside to score, but Mick McGrath’s powerful hand off and dot down responded for the men in green.
McGrath then showed his speed when in the final play of the game he streaked away under the sticks from a turnover.
It was Josua Vakurunabili who gave Fiji the lead when the ball was recycled from Waisea Nacuqu's initial break and Vakurunabili raced in down the left flank.
Some neat handling sent Meli Derenalagi in for Fiji's second, with Vilimoni Botitu's dummy and break sending in Sevuloni Mocenacagi for a third in four minutes.
England responded with their first meaningful attack as Harris took the invitation of space around the outside and ran in from his own half, with Fergus Guiry converting, but Fiji had the final score before the break as Nacuqu stepped his way through.
Fiji's impressive attacking continued as Napolioni Bolaca went in before Alasio Naduva latched onto a no look offload to dot down.
England continued to battle and in his last tournament before retirement, the world's most capped sevens player James Rodwell picked up a loose ball, dummied and ran in under the posts.
Asaeli Tuivuaka managed to hold off England defenders to stretch over and in the final play of the game Apenisa Cakaubalavu bounced off two defenders for their eighth try.
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 Cup quarter-final - England v Japan (9:44 BST)
England Sevens squad
Jamie Barden (c)
George de Cothi
13th man: Will Hendy