England win London 7s
June 7, 2003

Hosts England claimed the Emirates Airline London Sevens title this evening whilst New Zealand were crowned overall IRB World Sevens champions at Twickenham.

England saw off Fiji 31-24 in the final with tries from Tony Roque, Henry Paul, Ben Gollings, Simon Amor and Ugo Monye.

Tournament tryscorer Nasoni Roko had opened the scoring for Fiji and Filimoni Bolavucu touched down twice but England, who had earlier overcome South Africa 26-5 in the semi-finals, had too much.

It was England's third tournament win of the series after victories in Hong Kong and Brisbane.

New Zealand's bid came to an end with a 26-7 semi-final defeat by Fiji but their efforts had already been enough to secure top spot in the overall standings.

New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens was pleased to wrap up the title but admitted England, who secured the overall runners-up spot, were closing the gap.

``England are definitely closing the gap,'' he said. ``It has been neck and neck right the way through and I think they finished only four points behind us. It`s been a great series and all credit to my team.

``It's been a very special year for us. We won in Wellington, our home tournament, so I know what England will be feeling right now because it is special to win in front of your own people.''

Argentina beat Canada 36-21 to win the shield final, Samoa won the bowl final with a 44-5 win over France whilst Australia overcame Wales 40-14 in the plate final.

Day Two:
TIME M FIXTURE V FIXTURE
11.15 25 ¼ finals Canada 12-29 Scotland
11.37 26 ¼ finals Bowl Samoa 31-10 Russia
11.59 27 ¼ finals Bowl Portugal 33-14 Spain
12.21 28 ¼ finals Bowl Argentina 7-29 France
12.43 29 ¼ finals Cup New Zealand 31-7 Georgia
13.05 30 ¼ finals Cup Australia 19-31 Fiji
13.27 31 ¼ finals Cup South Africa 47-0 Wales
13.49 32 ¼ finals Cup England 50-0 Italy
14.11 Buffer
14.25 33 SF Shield Canada 22-17 Russia
14.47 34 SF Shield Spain 5-24 Argentina
15.09 35 SF Bowl Scotland 0-19 Samoa
15.31 36 SF Bowl Portugal 12-36 France
15.53 37 SF Plate Georgia 0-26 Australia
16.15 38 SF Plate Wales 24-14 Italy
16.37 Entertainment
17.00 39 SF Cup New Zealand 7-26 Fiji
17.22 40 SF Cup South Africa 5-26 England
17.45 41 Shield Final Canada 21-36 Argentina
18.15 42 Bowl Final Samoa 44-5 France
18.45 43 Plate Final Australia 40-14 Wales
19.15 44 Cup Final Fiji 24-31 England


Day One:
TIME M TEAM V TEAM
12.00 1 Australia 19-14 Wales
12.22 2 Samoa 26-10 Spain
12.44 3 Fiji 36-7 Portugal
13.06 4 South Africa 59-0 Russia
13.28 5 New Zealand 36-0 Canada
13.50 6 France 17-20 Italy
14.12 7 England 29-5 Scotland
14.34 8 Argentina 5-12 Georgia
14.56 Buffer
15.06 9 Australia 28-7 Spain
15.28 10 Samoa 5-19 Wales
15.50 11 Fiji 45-0 Russia
16.12 12 South Africa 33-0 Portugal
16.34 13 New Zealand 29-12 Italy
16.56 14 France 17-26 Canada
17.18 15 England 19-7 Georgia
17.40 16 Argentina 19-5 Scotland
18.02 17 Wales 24-14 Spain
18.24 18 Portugal 19-0 Russia
18.46 19 Canada 5-19 Italy
19.08 20 Scotland 0-7 Georgia
19.30 Entertainment
19.54 21 Australia 12-12 Samoa
20.16 22 Fiji 14-17 South Africa
20.38 23 New Zealand 31-0 France
21.00 24 England 35-5 Argentina

Final Standings:
1. New Zealand 112
2. England 108
3. Fiji 94
4. South Africa 82
5. Australia 66
6. Samoa 58
7. Argentina 36
8. France 20
9. Wales 14
10. Kenya 12
11. Tonga 10
12. Canada 6
13. Scotland 5
14. Georgia 4
14. Italy 4
16. Namibia 2
16. Korea 2
16. Cook Islands 2
19. USA 1

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