01/02/2020 – RFU – England Men open with two wins and now take on Canada in final pool game

England Men Sevens won both of their games on day one of HSBC Sydney Sevens to sit top of their pool.

In the first match of the tournament, England took an early lead against Spain when Dan Bibby's break and offload set up Will Edwards to stroll in, before Edwards' spin pass out the back of the hand put Ben Harris in out wide.

Bibby's looping spin pass then put Harris into space out wide and he stepped inside and Tom Bowen ran in from deep as England had a 26-0 lead at the turn.

The scoring continued when Charlton Kerr hit an excellent line and raced through under the sticks, England's all-time top try scorer Dan Norton sprinted in from his own half - his 350th on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Ollie Lindsay-Hague intercepted a loose pass to walk in as England put seven tries past their opponents in a 47-0 victory.

In their second game against Ireland, it was a tight opening quarter of the game with no score from either side and England struggled to get their hands on the ball as they conceded a number of penalties.

It was just before the break that the deadlock was broken as Billy Dardis went over for the Irish, but Kerr's pass fed Harris with the final play of the half as it sat 7-7 after the first seven minutes.

A half break from Lindsay-Hague and some slick hands put Norton in on the left wing and Norton's hitchkick and space to run in on that same wing put England two scores ahead, and although Ireland went over in the last play through Terry Kennedy, England's 19-12 win sees them sit top of Pool D.

England will now face a Canada side who beat Ireland and lost to Spain on Sunday 2 February at 01:57 GMT in a game you can watch on Sky Sports Arena and Main Event, knowing a win will put them in the Cup semi-final.

Squad
 
Dan Bibby
Tom Bowen
Phil Burgess
Will Edwards
Mike Ellery
Ben Harris
Will Hendy
Charlton Kerr
Ollie Lindsay-Hague
Tom Mitchell (C)
Dan Norton
Ethan Waddleton

Schedule

Pool D - England 47-0 Spain

Tries: Edwards '3, Harris '6 and '7, Bowen '8, Kerr '10, Norton '11, Lindsay-Hague '13
 
Pool D - England 19-12 Ireland
Tries: Norton '8 and '9, Harris '9
 
Pool D - England v Canada [Sunday 2 February - 12.57 local time/01.57 GMT]
 
All matches will be shown live on Sky Sports Arena and Main Event.

ENDS