03 Dec '11, 6pm

Rugby: England retain Dubai sevens crown

Rugby: England retain Dubai sevens crown

DUBAI: Defending champions England retained their Dubai sevens crown after beating France 29-12 to claim the second leg of the IRB World Sevens Series on Saturday. Ben Ryan's side edged New Zealand (10-7) and Fiji (19-12) in the knock-out phases, and proved too powerful for a French team that had shocked South Africa in the quarter-final and were appearing in their first final since 2005. "We played well today," said Ryan. "To play New Zealand and Fiji in the quarter-and semi-finals certainly stiffened the sinews and made us stick to a game-plan. "We played some clever football and we were ruthless and there were some outstanding contributions from individuals." France coach Frederic Pomarel said: "It's a surprise to hit this level so quick. But the better side won. "We have a lot of defensive work to do to get in among the best five or six best nations but we showed that ...

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