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Great Britain rugby sevens step up preparations for Rio Olympics

Published 04/06/2016

Tom Mitchell will hope to make the Team GB squad ahead of the Olympics
Tom Mitchell will hope to make the Team GB squad ahead of the Olympics

Great Britain enjoyed a productive first day in Moscow as their preparations for rugby sevens' Olympics debut in Rio continued.

Team GB, competing as one union for the first time in the sport, fielded two sides to give head coach Simon Amor a chance to view as many players as possible before he whittles his squad down to the 12 who will travel to Brazil.

Both sides won their pool at the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix event, with Great Britain 1 beating Georgia, Lithuania and Russia to set up a quarter-final against defending champions France on Sunday.

GB 2 overcame Portugal, defending champions France and Poland, and will now face Georgia in the last eight.

Captain Tom Mitchell starred for GB2 with three tries and three conversions, making him the leading tournament point-scorer on day one, while former Bristol winger Dan Norton scored a spectacular length-of-the-field effort in a 36-7 win over France.

Harlequins back Oliver Lindsay-Hague scored a hat-trick of tries for GB1 in a 42-0 rout of Lithuania, although they had to work hard to overcome Russia and Georgia in two closely-fought contests.

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