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England face New Zealand in Edinburgh quarter finals

28 May 2011

  • England open Emirates Airline Edinburgh Sevens with wins over Spain and Portugal
  • But defeat to Wales means quarter final with champions New Zealand awaits on Day 2

England will face champions New Zealand in tomorrow’s quarter finals of the Emirates Airline Edinburgh Sevens after being beaten 19-12 by Wales in their final pool match at Murrayfield today.

Comfortable Pool B wins over Portugal (24-5) and Spain (22-12) set up the group decider against Wales at the final event of this season’s HSBC Sevens World Series.

But despite Dan Norton’s 31st try of the campaign and Ben Gollings’s converted effort, England made too many errors in defence and attack – missing key tackles and losing the ball in contact – with Adam Thomas scoring twice and Alex Cuthbert once to earn Wales a date with France in the knockout stages.

England's Dan Norton in action

Photo: Getty Images

England had gone into the final event of the series looking to bounce back from a disappointing London leg and hang on to second place in the overall table where the hold a five-point lead on their nearest rivals.

They were forced to make two changes to the squad with England flanker Steffon Armitage unavailable and Tom Powell needing surgery to a skull fracture.

Saracens flanker Don Barrell appeared from the start against Portugal and England Students number eight Richard de Carpentier made his debut off the bench in the second half.

They started the day with a 24-5 win against Portugal with Norton, John Brake, James Rodwell and Oliver Lindsay-Hague all touching down.

Spain pushed hard with tries from Juan Cano and Matias Tudela but Norton’s second of the day, two tries from Dan Caprice and one for Gollings completed the 22-12 win.