England beat South Africa to win Canada Sevens

England beat South Africa to win Canada Sevens

England defeated South Africa 19-7 in Vancouver on Sunday to win their second tournament of the 2017 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Simon Amor’s side beat the Blitzboks for the second time in six tournaments and are the only side on the series to topple Neil Powell’s outfit in the 2016-17 series.


The victory puts them into second overall in the series table on 103 points, 23 behind South Africa who remain top of the pile with four tournament wins out of six. Back-to-back series champions Fiji drop to third in the standings (100 points) after a close 28-24 win over USA in the Bronze final.

Speedster Dan Norton was one of the stand-out players of the tournament, winning the DHL Impact Player award, HSBC Player of the Final and also went level with Collins Injera for all-time tries on the world series, having notched up 244 in total during his illustrious career.

“We fought hard over the week and it wasn’t the prettiest at times but we knew if we scrapped for everything over the two days we could be in with a chance,” he said.

“Sevens can be unforgiving. We’ve played well at times this season and haven’t come away with wins so it’s nice to get reward for our efforts. We’ve still got a way to go on the series so we will cherish this moment but know we have to keep pushing for Hong Kong.”