England’s chances of lifting their first ever Sevens World Series title were dealt a huge blow in their home tournament, the Emirates Airline London Sevens.
Following a shock 21-14 defeat to France, England could only manage a 12-12 draw with Argentina in the final match of day one as they failed to reach the Cup quarter finals for the first time this season.
France added to their victory against England, their first since 2008, with a win against Al Caravelli’s USA to reach the Cup quarter finals for the first time since the 2009 London Sevens.
Current Series leaders New Zealand finished the day as one of three teams with 100% records, the others being last year’s champions Australia and Fiji, in front of a record breaking 54,357 strong crowd at Twickenham, and look set to clinch their ninth World Series title on day two.
(Source:IRB/Pics:Martin Seras Lima)
“We played flat rugby at home, you may as well give New Zealand the trophy.” (Ben Ryan, England Coach, audio interview below)
The strong Twickenham crowd was in good spirits despite England’s poor showing