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England Sevens secured bronze at Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series in Marcoussis, France after beating Russia 26-12 in the bronze final.
Earlier on day two in the quarter-final, England beat hosts France 26-21 with a late Ollie Lindsay-Hague score, but went down 10-12 to a last minute Germany try in the semi-final.
On day one, England finished second in the pool as they ran in five tries in a 31-17 win over Spain, before Lindsay-Hague's brace was part of a 45-7 win over Poland that set up the pool decider with Ireland, but England went down 14-21.
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England had most of the ball early on and Will Edwards' break down the blindside sent Mike Ellery on his way and he offloaded to the supporting Charlie Hayter as England broke the deadlock.
Harry Glover's footwork then was the creator of the second score, with a step inside and out drawing in two defenders before passing to Femi Sofolarin, as England were two tries to the good at the break.
Russia had a man advantage after Richard de Carpentier was shown a yellow card for his challenge, and they got back into the match as Vladimir Ostroushko crossed.
They went over again through Yury Gostyuzhev but a missed kick meant England led 14-12 with two minutes to go.
The win was wrapped up though with two late scores, after Edwards was sent clear by Ollie Lindsay-Hague down the left wing and then a break by Ellery from deep inside his own half.
England Sevens assistant coach Tony Roques: “We played some really good stuff against a strong French side and winning that game gave us a lot of confidence.
“Against Germany we knew it was going to be tough and they worked us incredibly hard. Unfortunately we didn’t get ourselves going in that game but you can’t fault the effort.
“There were some very tired bodies in our last match against Russia but we put the focus on ourselves and played some great rugby.
“Overall we’re really pleased with the performances over the weekend. Femi Sofolarin Jamie Barden were outstanding, alongside Will Muir and Will Edwards who was a brilliant captain.
"The attitude and effort of our more senior players was also excellent and they got some important game time this weekend as we build closer towards the World Cup.”
Last minute defeat
Germany dominated possession for the opening three minutes but a well worked move off a tap penalty saw Will Edwards sprint through for England for the first points of the game.
England had to hold out again near their line with well marshalled defence before Harry Glover's break sent Tom Bowen through and the wing stepped well for a 10-0 half-time lead.
Germany rallied in the second half and went in off the back of a ruck from five metres out and then with time dead, they earned a succession of penalties and eventually worked it out to the left where they dived in the corner to win the game.
On a sunny morning in France, England took the lead against the hosts when Tom Bowen raced away and was able to dot down under the sticks.
France responded with a score immediately from kick off before Harry Glover's footwork inside the 22 restored England's lead but Les Bleus crossed on the stroke of half-time as it sat 14-14 at the break.
After France took the lead, England responded as Bowen crossed for a second time following Ollie Lindsay-Hague's break, and then Lindsay-Hague got the winning score with 15 seconds left on the clock as he charged down the right wing to cross.
England Sevens squad:
Jamie Barden, Tom Bowen, Richard de Carpentier, Will Edwards (c), Mike Ellery, Harry Glover, Fergus Guiry, Charlie Hayter, Ollie Lindsay-Hague, Will Muir, Ryan Olowofela, Femi Sofolarin.
England's results (all times BST)
Pool A: England 31-7 Spain
Pool A: England 45-7 Poland
Pool A: England 14-21 Ireland
Cup quarter-final: England 26-21 France
Cup semi-final: England 10-12 Germany
Bronze final: England 26-12 Russia