New Zealand clinch sixth Dubai Sevens title

Justin Douglas of Canada vies for the ball with Oliver Lindsay Hague of England during their match in the Men's Sevens World Rugby Dubai Series

Earlier in the Cup quarter-finals, England kicked day two off with a head-turning 22-5 defeat of the defending Dubai and series champions South Africa.

They had gone into the final with only nine fit players with captain Scott Curry among the injured quartet and came up against a US side playing in their first Cup final in Dubai only a year after losing all five of their matches.

On Friday, the Blitzboks, who are the reigning World Rugby Sevens Series champions, beat Zimbabwe 31-0 and Samoa 19-12, but lost 19-12 to Argentina.

Russian Federation were dispatched 31-0 in the quarter-finals and the United States - finalists at Glendale - were overwhelmed 22-0 in the semifinals.

The Canadian women finished second in the women's event in Dubai. "Even the boys back home who couldn't be here, I know they were cheering us on".

The All Black Sevens beat the United States of America 21-5 in the final to claim their first title in Dubai since 2009.

Injury-hit New Zealand won the opening round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, defeating the US 21-5.

After taking out the last three tournaments of last season's World Series, yesterday's victory means the New Zealand women have now won 30 matches in a row.

Kenya started their campaign on a losing note, going down to Scotland and France 34-14 and 21-17 respectively.

Farella, meanwhile, scored two tries in the 24-7 quarter-final victory over Ireland en route to the Montrealer's leading seven tries in the tournament.

It is the second tournament of six on the World Series calendar.

Canada trailed 21-0 before Pat Kay scored to cut the French lead to 21-5 at the half.

Final: New Zealand 21 (Tone Ng Shiu, Dylan Collier, Ngarohi McGarvey-Black tries; Andrew Knewstubb 2 con, Vilimoni Koroi con) US 5 (Stephen Tomasin try).

A third of the way through the qualifying process, the Langford-based Canadian women's rugby sevens team appears well positioned for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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