- England beat Wales 21-17 and take home Challenge Trophy
- England earlier beat Poland in semi-final
England secured the Challenge Trophy and ninth place after beating Wales 21-17 in the final of the first tournament of the 2017 Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series in Moscow.
They found themselves in the Challenge Trophy contest after coming third in their pool after day one of the tournament where they defeated Belgium but suffered losses to Portugal and France.
England fielded a youthful side for the competition, with Simon Amor citing the tournament as an opportunity to identify the next generation of talent to come through the England Sevens pathway.
'Attitude, effort and desire'
“The boys worked extremely hard and the attitude, effort and desire to look after each other and put the team first was fantastic," said England Sevens academy coach Warren Abrahams.
“It’s a very young group that we have out here so we are naturally going to make some errors but it’s a very exciting learning journey for all of these guys.
“We’ve learned some tough lessons over the past two days but the boys showed that if they do the simple things well they can put any team under pressure."
In day one of the tournament England defeated Belgium 19-10 in their opening game but lost 10-29 to Portugal and 21-26 to France They then beat Poland 24-10 in the Challenge Trophy semi-final.
England Sevens squad for Moscow:
Will Wilson (University of Oxford)
Yaree Fanitini (Northumbria University)
Mason Tonks (Gloucester)
Ryan Olowofela (Leicester Tigers)
Stages two to four of the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series will take place as follows:
Stage 2: Lodz (Poland), 10-11 June
Stage 3: Clermont-Ferrand (France - Comité d'Auvergne), 1-2 July
Stage 4: Mitsubishi Motors Exeter 7s (England), 15-16 July