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The Argentinian men’s team have claimed the gold medal in a remake of the 2014 Youth Olympic Final in Nanjing. While four years ago in China, this time the hosts left the field in CASI La Boya as the winning side following a 24-14 victory.
The local team was dominant on their path to gold: 50-7 against Samoa, 45-0 against Japan, 29-12 against France, 34-5 against South Africa and 22-14 against the United States in the group stage.
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Reigning HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series champions, New Zealand were the standout side on day one of the HSBC USA Women’s Sevens in Glendale, Colorado.
France and South Africa had never previously met in a Cup final and Pierre Gilles Lakafia’s early try forced South Africa to come from behind but they stood up impressively, putting three converted tries on France before conceding again.
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New Zealand were popular winners with the Japanese crowd after the world champions beat first-time Cup finalists France 24-12 to complete a successful defence of the HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens title on Sunday.
The two teams had met in the final match of day one with the Black Ferns Sevens running out convincing 38-7 winners at the Mikuni World Stadium, but the final was a much closer affair and only settled after late scores by Portia Woodman and HSBC Player of the Final Tyla Nathan-Wong.
New Zealand had lost Niall Williams to injury before the final but they made the perfect start with Michaela Blyde scoring in the opening minute. However, France regrouped and some good link play between captain Fanny Horta and Marjorie Mayans down the left created an opportunity they were unable to turn into the points due to the pace of Woodman.
Les Bleues did draw level after a period of possession with some quick hands allowing Camille Grassineau to touch down under the posts, but New Zealand edged ahead once more when Theresa Fitzpatrick broke through to score on the stroke of half-time to make it 12-7.
New Zealand lost Gayle Broughton to the sin-bin early in the second half and in her absence France struck once again through Montserrat Amedee, failing to take the lead for the first time after Jade Le Pesq was unable to add the conversion. The next score would be crucial and it arrived in a familiar fashion, Woodman receiving the ball out wide and her burst of acceleration enough to take her around the French defender and away for the try, leaving Nathan-Wong to make certain of the win with their fourth try.
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"There were some massive plays there, the girls really stepped up. We have had a couple of injuries over the last few weeks and to come away with back-to-back golds is pretty special and I can't wait to get home and celebrate with our families," said New Zealand captain Sarah Goss afterwards.
Coach Allan Bunting added: "It is pretty special, we always want to do well and then to do really well at the Commonwealth Games and to back it up here is really satisfying. I think the last couple of weeks we have done a lot of learning and growing and we have got some really good foundations in our programme and those foundations are building towards Tokyo which is great.
The victory sees New Zealand cut Australia's lead in the standings to six points with two rounds to go in Langford and Paris. Russia are a further eight points adrift on 42 after finishing fifth, while France's runners-up finish means they now sit fourth with 40 points with Canada and Spain completing the top six with 32 points.
Kitakyushu | Results Day 2
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South Africa are the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champions.
The Blizboks beat Scotland 15-5 in a tense final at the Stade Jean Bouin on Sunday evening but had earlier wrapped up the series after they beat New Zealand in the Cup semi-finals and England's earlier loss to Scotland at the same stage meant that they could not overtake the South Africans. Fiji, second in the standings before the tournament, exited at the quarter-final stage.
At the opening day of the Sydney Sevens, hosts Australia, Olympic silver medallists New Zealand and Russia remained unbeaten. The second round of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series kicked off early this Friday at the Allianz Stadium.
England’s women disappointed on day one after they failed to qualify for the Cup quarter-finals for the first time ever. James Bailey’s team lost to Russia and USA in their respective Pool C and have to compete for the Challenge Trophy on Saturday. England will face Papua New Guinea in the early hours of the second tournament day.
Ireland and Fiji both qualified for the quarter-finals together with France, New Zealand and Canada.
New Zealand v France
Ireland v USA
Australia v Fiji
Russia v Canada
You can follow the Sydney Sevens women's tournament live here.
Sydney Sevens Women's | Results Day 1
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Rugby World Cup Sevens qualification, the series title and relegation fights are all on the agenda this weekend as teams get set for the HSBC Paris Sevens.
The ninth round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series kicks off at the Stade Jean Bouin in central Paris on Saturday with South Africa leading the standings, 25 points ahead of Fiji with England a further two points behind in third.
South Africa failed to reach the final for the first time this season in Singapore last month, but should they reach the Cup decider or lift the silverware in Paris then they would only need to take the field at Twickenham next weekend to secure a second series crown and first since 2009.
However, captain Philip Snyman insists his side are taking nothing for granted and are focused only on improving from the last round.
"We're really looking forward to the sevens in Paris this upcoming weekend. We had a nice break in Stellenbosch since Singapoore and we worked hard. We want to fix some mistakes this weekend," he said.
"The guys who are joining for Paris are looking really sharp. We have guys like Rosko Specman coming back in and the team is in good spirits."
The series title is not the only focal point in Paris, though, as four teams will be looking to cement their passage to Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco.
Nine teams have already qualified, the quarter-finalists from RWC Sevens 2013 in Moscow - New Zealand, England, Fiji, Kenya, South Africa, Wales, Australia, and France - and USA as 2018 hosts.
Four teams can join them through the 2016-17 series as the best ranked outside those nine qualifiers with Canada, Argentina and Scotland able to confirm their qualification this weekend in Paris. The final spot from the series looks to be a race between defending Paris champions Samoa and Russia with the Pacific islanders nine points ahead of their rivals.
"I think RWC Sevens is a really special event for Canada, it being in the States and so close to us. I think San Fran will be a cool venue. Just getting that qualification done and sorted out will be great and then we can look forward to the actual tournament," said Nate Hirayama, who captained Canada to their first series Cup title in Singapore.
Further down the series standings Japan, who finished fourth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, are battling to avoid losing their status as a core team on the series as they lie nine points behind Russia with two rounds left.
Spain, who join the 15 core teams as the invitational team in Paris and London, will replace the relegated side next season after winning the 2017-18 series qualifier in Hong Kong last month.
The Paris 7s take place in the home of Stade Français the Stade Jean-Bouin in the French capital (Capacity 20,000), on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of May. The matches kick-off Saturday at 10:00 local time (9:00 UK time) and Sunday 09:00 (08:00 UK time). The final is scheduled for 17:30 local time on Sunday (16:30 UK time).
In the UK, Sky Sports will cover the tournament on both days. For a full TV guide click here, for any other country check out this useful guide.
Pool A: Canada, South Africa, Scotland, Japan
Pool B: USA, New Zealand, Wales, Argentina
Pool C: England, Kenya, France, Spain
Pool D: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Russia
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