England beaten by New Zealand in World Cup Sevens final

England beaten by New Zealand in World Cup Sevens final

New Zealand's results in the Sevens World Series - the sport's ten-tournament worldwide competition - have been mixed with their sole victory last season coming in Cape Town back in December.

It was not the trophy England's women had set their eyes on when they plotted their season, but James Bailey's side have taken much consolation from lifting the Challenge Cup at the World Sevens Cup here after an emphatic 31-5 win over Japan.

New Zealand's men and women's teams now hold world titles in both seven-a-side and 15-a-side versions of the game.

When they eventually had some possession Dan Norton found Mike Ellery on the inside, he scored and Mitchell converted for 14-7 at half-time.

Scott Curry was named man of the match.

England earlier produced a spectacular performance to knock out semi-final opponents South Africa 29-7.

Regan Ware got New Zealand back in front in the second half when he crossed the try line then the match was put beyond doubt with Ravouvou's second try to give the All Blacks Sevens a 10-point lead with two minutes remaining.

"This marks the end of a very long year, but I am really pleased with the way that we've grown as a programme and how the players have grown as well", Amor said.

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Molia then grabbed a second try moments later, burrowing over from close range to cap a dominant start by the New Zealanders.

The All Blacks Sevens entered the competition seeded third behind Fiji and South Africa - both of whom suffered semifinal defeats - but came through with victories over Russian Federation (29-5), France (12-7) and Fiji (17-22) en route to Sunday's showpiece. "They came through some really close games and played some outstanding rugby".

They also won in 2001.

"Credit to the coaching staff, Clark has come in and he's big on culture and he has really brought the boys together", Mikkelson said.

This was confirmed in a statement issued by World Rugby.

"It was shock. When everything comes out you will see all the details of it - it is pretty shocking stuff".

Elsewhere Sunday, Samoa's campaign ended in disgrace with player Gordon Langkilde thrown out of the tournament for his part in a tunnel bust-up following Saturday's defeat to Wales.

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