Amor positive despite tough time for England at Dubai Sevens

Simon Amor was keen to focus on the positives despite England leaving the Dubai leg of the Sevens World Series empty handed.

After two wins and a loss on the opening day, England returned to action 24 hours later to face New Zealand in their Cup quarter-final.

However England were no match for the All Blacks, going down 29-7, before following that up with a 21-19 defeat to Argentina in the Plate semi-final - who went on to beat Scotland in the final.

With the top four sides after the Series finale next May securing a place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – England chosen as the home nation’s representatives in the qualification process – this trip to Dubai didn’t exactly go according to plan for England.

But head coach Amor insists it is not all doom and gloom, saying: "I'm really proud of the effort from the guys, particularly in that last game against Argentina. The game just slipped away from us in the last couple of minutes.

"We've suffered with injuries and lost some experienced players this weekend and as a squad we're stretched to our maximum, but we did some good things and we'll look to build on those.

"We always have great support in Dubai and it's a shame we couldn't deliver for the fans at the stadium, who as ever have been excellent."

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