England gear up for Series with Euro win

(IRB.COM) Monday 23 September 2013
 
 England gear up for Series with Euro win
Dan Norton scored England's fifth try in the final in Bucharest

England lifted a second successive European title after beating France 31-7 in the final of the FIRA European Sevens Grand Prix Series in Bucharest. 

Under new coach Simon Amor, England's win in Romania added to their win at the Lyon Sevens earlier this summer, ensuring they were crowned European Series champions before they head off to the Gold Coast for the first round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

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Playing alongside Series regulars Wales, France, Portugal, Scotland and Spain, England went undefeated in pool play, beating Wales (40-7), Portugal (26-14), Italy (19-0), Romania (14-7) and Georgia (17-7).

France topped the other pool, meanwhile, although they needed to recover from an early 14-7 loss to Spain before posting improved performances against Russia (27-17), Scotland (19-12), Ukraine (40-5) and Germany (40-14).

In the final, England playmaker Dan Bibby's two early tries put them 14-0 up at half time against the French, before Christian Lewis-Pratt, Phil Burgess and last season's top try scorer Dan Norton ensured Amor was victorious in his first outing as England coach.

Lyon runners-up Russia also finished strongly, beating the other Cup semi-finalists Italy 31-7 to claim third place, powerful wing Denis Simplikevic scoring his tenth try of the tournament.

Portugal beat Georgia to claim the Plate and Romania beat a young Welsh side to the Bowl.

The tournament is an important part of the teams' preparation for the HSBC Sevens World Series, which kicks of on Australia's Gold Coast on 12-13 October.

Final standings - Bucharest Sevens

1.England
2.France
3.Russia
4.Italy
5.Portugal
6.Georgia
7.Scotland
8.Germany
9.Romania
10.Wales
11.Spain
12.Ukraine

Gold Coast Sevens

Round 1
12-13 October 2013

Venue: Skilled Park
City: Gold Coast
Capacity: 27,400 

 
Pools
Pool A
TeamPlayedPts
NZL39
KEN37
USA35
TON33
Pool B
TeamPlayedPts
RSA39
ENG37
FRA35
ESP33
Pool C
TeamPlayedPts
FIJ37
WAL37
CAN37
POR33
Pool D
TeamPlayedPts
AUS38
SAM37
ARG35
SCO34
more
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