Two new caps in All Blacks Sevens team London tournament
- Author: Julie Sanders May 21, 2017,
May 21, 2017, 16:32
AUSTRALIA men's coach Andy Friend has made two changes to his squad for this weekend's London Sevens at Twickenham - the final tournament of the 2016-17 world series.
For the first time in three years, Olympic sevens champions Fiji failed to make it through to the last eight, losing to Canada in the first game of the day before being beaten by New Zealand.
At 11.42am Simon Amor's side will tackle the Blitzboks, whose HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title was confirmed last Sunday in Paris, moments before they claimed their fifth tournament win in the 10-stop season.
Sunday's Cup quarter-finals will see United States of America play Australia, New Zealand face Scotland, England meet South Africa and Argentina take on Canada. However Billy McBryde couldn't convert and the Blitzboks escaped with a 12-10 victory.
Norton finally got his hands on the ball after being well marshalled throughout and he seared through Australia's defence to touch down under the corner with Bibby's conversion levelling the score at 12-12.
Argentina beat France, which beat Scotland, which beat Argentina. They were victims of the biggest loss of the series as the Fijians ran in nine tries to win 61-5, a loss that was cruelly compounded as Japan were officially relegated as a result. As it was, the All Black Sevens walked away with a 19-14 victory and set them on course for the quarters.
Only the Kiwis and England, which hasn't won its home event since 2009, finished the first day unbeaten.
England started strong in front of a raucous crowd full of energy at Twickenham, as they recorded a comfortable 28-7 win over Spain in their first game, where Dan Norton scored his 50th try of the campaign.
The incident was referred to the TMO, and Norton was awarded the try.
England have been a bogey side for SA this year, beating them three times, including in the final of the Cape Town leg of the series.