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England through to Quarter Finals at Langford Sevens

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England Women finished second in Pool B at the HSBC Langford Sevens after wins over both China and Russia before narrowly losing to New Zealand.

They will now face France who finished second in Pool C at 18:02 BST on Sunday with all the action available to watch live here.

James Bailey’s side got off to the perfect start with a six try victory over China in their opening game.

China struggled to deal with the speed of Celia Quansah who scored a brace with Holly Aitchison, Abi Burton, Helena Rowland and Emma Uren also crossing the whitewash.

Four conversions from the boot of Aitchison helped England towards a comfortable 38-0 win but they were met with more of a challenge in their second pool match against Russia.

England, who finished second at the HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens, scored their only try of the first half against Russia when Rowland caught the opposition off guard with a quick tap and go before sprinting through to score.

Aitchison converted to make it 7-0 but Russia responded when Daria Shestakova ran the length of the field before half time and Elena Zdrokova scored almost immediately after the break to give Russia a 14-7 lead.

England fought back with an Abbie Brown score from close range before Aitchison spotted a gap in Russia’s defence with seconds left on the clock, running through to score her second try of the tournament before converting to give England a 21-14 victory.

Their final pool match saw England take on New Zealand who are top of the HSBC World Sevens Series standings and have beaten England in their last five games.

Ellie Kildunne got England off to a brilliant start with a superb try having run the length of the pitch only to be tackled short of the line by Tyla Nathan-Wong. England re-gathered the ball and it was Kildunne who finished it off in the corner.

Aitchison was unable to convert and the Black Ferns responded with an unconverted try from Alena Saili to make it 5-5 at the break.

England struck first in the second half when Aitchison broke through to score to make it 10-5 but captain Sarah Hirini put New Zealand ahead for the first time in the game soon after with a converted try.

England looked threatening in the final moments but were unable to break New Zealand’s defensive line and the game ended 12-10.

England results, day one

England 38 – 0 China
Tries: Quansah (two), Aitchison, Burton, Rowland, Uren

England 21 – 14 Russia
Tries: Rowland, Brown, Aitchison

England 10 – 12 New Zealand
Tries: Kildunne, Aitchison

England Women Sevens squad for Langford:

Holly Aitchison
Abbie Brown (c)
Abi Burton
Heather Fisher
Deborah Fleming
Megan Jones
Ellie Kildunne
Alex Matthews
Celia Quansah
Helena Rowland
Emma Uren
Amy Wilson Hardy

Courtesy of the RFU

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