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Americans take first World Series tournament win at TwickenhamAmericans take first World Series tournament win at TwickenhamThe USA won a famous London Sevens title after beating England in the semi-final and Australia in the final at Twickenham on Sunday. Fiji, meanwhile, won the overall HSBC Sevens World Series.

England had secured a sevens berth for Great Britain at next year’s Rio Olympics after reaching the quarter-finals, and they beat New Zealand, another Olympic qualifier, in the last eight. But they were beaten 43-12 by the Americans, who had two tries each from Madison Hughes, Carlin Isles and Perry Baker.

England went on to lose 26-12 in the third-placed play-off against Fiji.

The States had more celebrations to come as they beat Australia 45-22 in the final, with Danny Barrett and Maka Unufe each scoring twice and player of the tournament Hughes adding nine points.

Hughes told “It is an absolutely incredible feeling. I remember coming to this tournament as a boy watching from the stands hoping that I could play in it some day.

“There is so much more to come. Thank you very much for a phenomenal tournament and weekend.”

The US coach, Englishman Mike Friday, added: “It is amazing, credit to those boys. The 12 of them have been absolutely fantastic.”

The US finished a best-ever sixth in the overall series standings, from which the top four qualified for Rio outright. Last season, the US finished 13th. To book their place in Brazil, the Americans must now beat Canada – and other North American and Caribbean nations – at the Nacra Sevens in North Carolina in June. Failure there would send Friday’s team into a final repechage qualifying event next year.

Australia finished fifth on the table, and will now contest an automatic Olympic place with Samoa, Tonga and other teams from the Australasia region.

Fiji wrapped up the series title when they beat South Africa in their quarter-final. Coach Ben Ryan, another Englishman, said: “The boys were very overly emotional in the changing room and I had to control them a bit and remind them to start smiling and that this is supposed to be fun.

“We’ve won 29 out of our last 30 games, so we are on a pretty hot streak, and I’ve got a great team around me.”

New Zealand regrouped to win the plate competition, beating South Africa 26-14, and also had the consolation of Olympic qualification.

Captain DJ Forbes said: “It’s hugely disappointing to finish third overall [in the series] but that’s the way sevens is going - any team can win on its day. We achieved one of our goals, though, qualifying for Rio.”

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