World Rugby Sevens: New Zealand defeats Australia as women’s champions

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Australia women won world sevens series by beating New Zealand 21-17 at Langford, Australia on 1 May

New Zealand’s women defeated Australia 21-14 in Toulouse in the final leg of the world sevens series.

Kelly Brazier won the try that New Zealand scored to win the first leg of their 2022 series.

Australia won the title, beating New Zealand in Canada on May 1, while England was ninth and Scotland was fifteenth.

In France, Olympic champions Fiji defeated final debutants Ireland by 29-17 to win the men’s tournament.

Ireland won the final following an opening day in which Australia and Argentina were knocked out. New Zealand, and pre-event series leader South Africa, failed to reach the knockout stages.

Fiji’s Tevita Dugau scored a converted attempt in the first minute. Ireland countered with two tries from Conroy Kennedy and Terry Kennedy, one of which was converted.

Napolionibolaca restored Fiji’s lead before the break. Josua Valuunabili, Elia Kanakaivata, and Kaminieli Raaku all crossed after the intermission. Conway also added a second goal for Ireland as a late consolation.

Argentina’s quarter-final appearance saw South Africa overtake them at the top of men’s standing. The series now heads to London for the penultimate legs between 28-29 May.

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