Simon Amor’s England Sevens team humiliated World Series title-holders Fiji in London and made a mockery of Jarryd Hayne’s first tournament for his adopted country in the process.
England scored five tries, including two from winger Dan Norton, to claim an impressive 31 – 10 victory over the World Series leaders Fiji at Twickenham.
Although England are having a somewhat mixed season – currently all the way down in 9th in the world rankings – this victory and a narrow 10 – 7 win over Australia will give them hope that they can put in a real claim for a podium position in this summer’s Olympics.
Amor’s 25 man Great Britain training squad includes 15 English players and it is likely that the bulk of the final squad will be made up of red rose players, meaning any positives from an England point of view now are positives for Team GB as a whole.
Scotland has also made a positive start to the London Sevens with a 24 – 12 victory over Singapore sevens winners Kenya, and a 14 – 14 draw with France.
It was less good news for Wales after they followed up a 22 – 10 loss to Australia with a soul-destroying 42 – 5 defeat against an angry Fiji looking to bounce back.
Once the World Series is complete, the Team GB squad will meet up on May 30th for seven weeks of intensive training. The programme will need to be demanding given the preparations for much of the rest of the world, including giants Fiji, Australia, New Zealanad and South Africa, have been under way for many months now.
Team GB will compete in four tournaments, which are: the Rugby Europe Sevens Series in Moscow (4-5 June), Exeter (9-10 July) and Gdynia (16-17 July); and the ‘Sevens and the City’ at Allianz Park (2 July).
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