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England settle for fourth

England finished fourth at the HSBC Sevens World Series in Dubai after losing their third place play-off against New Zealand 17-14.

England comfortably won their quarter-final against Wales 33-12, Marcus Watson scoring a hat-trick of tries, but they could not overcome South Africa in the semi-finals and a 26-12 defeat saw them face off against New Zealand for third place.

Simon Amor's men finished third in the series-opening event in Australia last month but were unable to repeat that result after going down to reigning world champions New Zealand - winners in Australia - after conceding a late try to Tim Mikkelson.

Fiji, coached by former England boss Ben Ryan, lifted the title after beating South Africa 29-17 in the final, while Wales lost the Plate final after suffering a 21-5 loss to Argentina.


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