Sevens

All Blacks win IRB Sevens

2011-05-21 23:23
New Zealand (AFP Photo)

London - England's failure to qualify out of their group in front of a record crowd at Twickenham on Saturday saw New Zealand win the IRB Sevens World Series title with a day remaining of the London event.

A crowd of 54,357 at 'headquarters', a record in the series' 12-year history, saw England win just one out of their three Pool matches.

The hosts, fortunate to see off the United States 31-21 after Ben Gollings appeared to drop the ball in the act of scoring a try, lost 21-14 to France after conceding a late try to Mathieu Acebes.

England had to beat Argentina to secure a quarter-final spot but were instead held to a 12-12 draw.

Meanwhile New Zealand, who will face the Pumas in the last eight, recorded convincing wins over Spain (40-7), Kenya (28-12) and Wales (31-12).

Sunday's other quarter-finals see France playing Wales, Fiji up against fellow Pacific Islanders Samoa and Australia facing South Africa.

Rugby Football Union (RFU) business director Paul Vaughan is hoping for another bumper crowd following Saturday's huge attendance.

"The first-day record is a testimony to the booming global popularity of sevens," he said. "We hope a good second day will take a sevens weekend past the 100,000 mark for the first time, which would be a magnificent achievement."

Read more on:    irb sevens series  |  blitzbokke
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Munster make Saracens pay

2014-10-25 08:22

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

3 must-do trail runs

If you love trail running, you have to put these on your bucket list.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Tips for paddling your first Dusi
Climbing the world’s largest stone arch
Awesome extreme sports people
Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route
Vote

Who is your favourite South African rugby commentator - English or Afrikaans?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.