Black Ferns Sevens dominate France for World Cup win

The Black Ferns 7s have won the World Cup becoming the first team to go back-to-back in either men's or women's competitions

The Black Ferns 7s have won the World Cup becoming the first team to go back-to-back in either men's or women's competitions

Blyde clinched it with two quick late tries for her hat-trick to make it nine for the tournament, five years on from the Ferns' previous title victory in Russian Federation.

"But I wouldn't be able to do it without the girls who are out on the field with me".

The break proved crucial for New Zealand, with replacement Gayle Broughton running 80 metres to score just after the restart before Woodman outran the U.S. defence from the left wing to extend the lead further.

Baber says that the team is calm and focused ahead of their opener against Japan and they are ready for the challenge ahead of them.

Stan McDowell's men will now hope to join the women's team on the World Series circuit via the Hong Kong qualifying route next April.

While Scotland's men edged past Kenya 31-26 in the round of 16 to set up a quarter-final date with a fierce looking South African side who were imperious in their 45-7 win over Ireland.

New Zealand's Black Ferns defended their title with a one-sided 29-0 romp over France. Trailing at halftime after two tries from Eagles' Naya Tapper, New Zealand scored three in the second period to win 26-21.

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Allan Bunting's side kept a clean sheet through yesterday's opening two knockout games, before overcoming a relentless United States of America side in the semifinals, coming from 14-12 down to win 26-19 in a thrilling final four match-up.

Men's action is scheduled to conclude on Sunday (July 22).

The holders are likely to face a daunting semi-final battle with favourites Fiji however, who lit up day two with a 43-7 rout of Argentina in the quarter-finals.

Australia claimed bronze after beating the United States of America 24-14 in the third-place playoff.

"The Irish already played Chile earlier in the day and there was a chance of them catching us cold".

Captain Tom Mitchell was England's saviour, picking out Phil Burgess with a crossfield kick for the winning score.

It seems an anomaly that a side that has won the last two World Series and has another win and six second-place finishes in the nine years before that is yet to win any of the most prestigious sevens tournaments.

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