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England's Ruaridh McConnochie

At the completion of the first two rounds of the Men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens held in Dubai and Cape Town, the finding is that the three team from Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) so far have demonstrated marked improvements in play. England, winners of Cape Town, in a narrow 19-17 victory over host South Africa, rank number two, while Scotland sit at number four, their highest place ever. Wales rank number six in the World Rugby standings.

Surprisingly, gold medal Fiji rank third, after losing to England in the quarterfinals. The Pacific Islanders beat Kenya for fifth place.

The USA are in a three-way tie for 7th place overall with Australia and France.

On note is that England’s Dan Norton attained the title of all-time England seven’s scorer. The Red Roses also received kudos as Ruaridh McConnochie was named Player of the Cape Town Tournament Final.

The next events will take place in Wellington and Sydney followed by Las Vegas and Vancouver.

Standings (Two tournaments points)

  1. 41 – South Africa
  2. 39 – England
  3. 32 – Fiji
  4. 27 – Scotland
  5. 27 – New Zealand
  6. 25 – Wales
  7. 18 – Australia, France and USA

Next Four Events

  • Wellington, January 28, 29
  • Sydney, February 4 and 5 (Men’s and Women’s)
  • Las Vegas, March 3,4, & 5 (Men’s and Women’s)
  • Vancouver, March 11, 12

WELLINGTON POOL C

  • New Zealand, USA, France, and Samoa