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England enjoy winning start

England made a winning start to their campaign in the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens on Friday by defeating opening pool stage opponents Wales.

Tries by captain Tom Mitchell, Dan Bibby, Phil Burgess and James Rodwell saw England home 26-19, but they were made to work hard by a Wales team that responded with a Luke Morgan double, plus one touchdown from full Wales international Rhodri Williams.

"The atmosphere in Hong Kong is incredible and the first game can often be difficult, adjusting to everything that is going on," Mitchell said.

"We didn't stick to our game-plan the way we intended and as a result let Wales take advantage.

"There were some strong individual performances in attack. A few lads are playing in Hong Kong for the first time and it was good to see them stepping up."

England face further pool fixtures against the United States and Kenya on Saturday, with those countries' first game resulting in a 21-14 success for the USA.

Elsewhere, Scotland were beaten 26-7 by New Zealand, while Fiji crushed Samoa 38-12. Australia saw off Portugal 33-5, South Africa defeated Argentina 24-0, France beat Japan 24-7 and Canada brushed aside Belgium 28-12.

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