England sevens win bronze in Sydney

England sevens win bronze in Sydney

03 February 2019 / 17:29
England men's sevens team beat Olympic champions Fiji to win the bronze medal at the HSBC Sydney Sevens.

Tom Mitchell's men secured an emphatic 26-5 victory over South Africa in the quarter finals but missed out on a place in the final when they were beaten 14-7 by USA in the semi-finals. 

In the bronze medal match against Fiji, Tom Bowen scored two tries for England before Will Muir added a third, with captain Mitchell converting two of the three.

Head of England Sevens Simon Amor said: "I'm really pleased with the effort from the boys, not just over the course of the weekend where they really fought hard for each other, but also during the week leading up to Sydney.

"We learnt an awful lot as a group from last week in Hamilton – there were some tough lessons there but I'm impressed with how hard everyone has worked off the pitch.

"I thought we played some great rugby this weekend. We didn't quite get it right on a couple of occasions but we've made some great progress and I'm particularly pleased with the younger guys who continue to step up for us. This is so important as we look to press on for the rest of the season."

On Saturday, England women finished 10th in Sydney after losing 15-12 to Fiji in the Challenge Trophy final.