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England Sevens will head to Russia for the Rugby World Cup Sevens on a high after winning the Lyon leg of the European Grand Prix Series on Sunday.
Ben Ryan’s side enjoyed an impressive second day of action seeing off Romania in the final pool game before a 21-7 win over World Series rivals France in the semi-finals and then a 33-5 victory over Russia in the final. In total, England conceded just 12 points on day two of the Grand Prix.
Despite making six changes to the side that finished third at the Marriott London Sevens England powered to the cup final win with tries from Dan Bibby, John Brake, Mat Turner and a brace from Sam Edgerley.
England Sevens Head Coach Ryan said: “It’s great to take this win for the third time in a row and also get a championship win under our belts before Moscow. What impressed me most however was the application we showed to defeat both France and Russia in the knock out games and also our defensive record. We have played a lot of rugby this weekend and to concede so few points is very pleasing.
“The performances from the boys this weekend has been great and that has given me a real headache ahead of World Cup selection. There are certainly players here who have put their hands up this weekend and it’s going to be a really difficult task to slim this squad down to 12.”
England headed into day two with three wins from four on the opening day. They swept aside the Ukraine 45-0 in the opener with Bibby scoring a hat-trick of tries. Next-up was Spain and England ran in 33-5 winners with Turner this time touching down three times.
England then faced Georgia and a brace for Turner handed England a 20-12 win before a disappointing 12-7 defeat to Wales in the final game of the day.
Day Two Results
Final: England 33 Russia 5
Tries: Bibby, Brake, Turner, Edgerley (2)
Conversions: Lewis-Pratt (3), Mitchel
Semi-Final: England 21 France 7
Tries: Turner (2), Bibby
Conversions: Lewis-Pratt (3)
Pool: England 24 Romania 0
Tries: Turner, Brake, Mitchell, Odejobi
Conversions: Lewis-Pratt (2)
Day One Results
England 45 Ukraine
Tries: Lewis-Pratt (2), Bibby (3), Brake, Gray
Conversions: Lewis-Pratt (3), Bibby, Brake
England 33 Spain 5
Tries: Mitchell, Turner (3), Bibby
Conversions: Lewis-Pratt (3), Mitchell
England 20 Georgia 12
Tries: Odejobi, Turner (2)
England 7 Wales 12