Dubai Rugby Sevens: England & Ireland women lose in quarter-finals

England v Ireland in Dubai
England saw off Ireland in the fifth place play-off

Defending champions Australia ended England's hopes in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Women's Rugby Sevens.

England had beaten the Australians 26-12 in the group stage and scored in the first minute before conceding five tries in nine minutes in a 27-12 loss.

Ireland lost 24-7 to eventual finalists Canada, who were beaten 26-14 in the final by New Zealand.

In the men's group matches, England and Scotland progressed to the last eight but Wales lost all three matches.

The women's results leave Ireland seventh in the table after two events in the six-stage series, with England eighth, also on 16 points.

England went on to beat Ireland 22-17 in the fifth place play-off before losing 12-7 to Russia.

Ireland were beaten 17-5 by France in the seventh place play-off.

Four-time winners New Zealand also won the first event of the series in Colorado last month and lead the table on 40 points, six points ahead of the Canadians.

The top four teams in both the men's and women's series secure qualification for the 2020 Olympics, with the next women's event in Sydney in February.

England men face South Africa in quarter-finals

England, runners up in the 2016-17 series, began with a 26-12 win over Canada, when Dan Norton, Michael John Ellery, Tom Mitchell and Tom Bowen all crossed.

Norton scored twice in a 31-7 victory against Japan but England were edged out 22-19 by Australia and now face South Africa, winners of the last two series, in the quarter-finals.

Scotland opened with a 35-14 win against Kenya and after losing 21-17 to Fiji, they drew 14-14 with France.

That saw them through to a quarter-final against New Zealand, but Welsh defeats to New Zealand, USA and Spain mean they are in the Challenge Draw quarter-finals against France.

The Dubai tournament is the first of 10 stages in the men's event, which ends in Paris in June.

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