England men sevens secured bronze at the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens following a three-try victory over Samoa.
Day three kicked off with a quarter-final meeting against France where Will Muir’s last-gasp try secured a 12-19 victory.
In a typically tight contest between the sides, France edged a cagey first half with Jean Pascal Barraque’s try and conversion the difference despite Les Bleus being reduced to six just shy of the break.
England’s response was good as Mike Ellery crossed from the restart but Terry Bouhraoua replied soon after. Dan Norton scored his fourth try of the tournament before Muir crossed at the death.
Next up, England were edged out by New Zealand [12-19] in a last four thriller.
Norton opened the scoring before Andrew Knewstubb reduced the deficit on the stroke of half-time. Regan Ware put the All Blacks Sevens ahead for the first time before the skilful Harry Glover touched down but Salesi Rayasi’s try clinched victory.
Simon Amor’s side then contested the third placed play-off against Samoa.
Tom Bowen gave England an early lead before Alamanda Motuga and Paul Scanlon responded.
Brought into the final day’s squad following an injury to Ethan Waddleton, Richard de Carpentier crossed to ensure England held a narrow advantage at the break.
The second period was a closely fought affair, Tofatu Solia edging Samoa ahead before Muir had the final say.
“I’m really delighted to get on the podium for the first tournament, particularly with the lack of training time a number of these players have had," Amor said.
"There wasn’t much left in the legs in that last game as the guys gave absolutely everything in the first ones.
“With five out of the six games being one-score games, it shows just how tight the World Series will be this year and how important the effort was that the players continually showed.
“We did some good stuff on occasions but probably made quite a few mistakes and didn’t quite click as a team but I think that’ll come with time.
“It’s a good start for the team on the World Series.”
England 36-7 Spain – Pool D
Tries: Bibby '3, Norton '5, '8, Emery '8, Burgess '10, Lindsay-Hague '14
England 12-5 Kenya – Pool D
Tries: Lindsay Hague '3, Bibby '11
South Africa 19-14 England – Pool D
Tries: Lindsay-Hague '4, Norton '5
France 12-19 England – Quarter-final
Tries: Ellery '8, Norton '12, Muir '15
England 12-19 New Zealand – Semi-final
Tries: Norton '4, Glover '13
England 19-17 Samoa – Third place play-off
Tries: Bowen '1, de Carpentier '6, Muir '12
England Dubai 7s day 3 squad
Phil Burgess (C)
Richard de Carpentier