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England Women were crowned European 7s champions in Bucharest after a 17-7 Final victory over reigning champions Spain. England lifted the trophy after running


in an impressive 165 points over seven games and conceding just 26. They defeated Romania, Sweden, Italy, Spain and Germany in the pool stages, before taking on Holland in the semi finals and then Spain again in the final. England Sevens Head Coach Barry


Maddocks said: “Myself and Susie Appleby (assistant coach) are ecstatic. We only had a few experienced core players in this squad and the rest of them are young and new to sevens. All of those players have come to the fore over this weekend. They have shown


us that they have a lot of potential and that really is the icing on the cake for us.” “The players did a great job today,


carrying on the good work they achieved yesterday. The knock-out stages were tough and playing Spain in the final was tense. We started well, but Spain pulled it back just before half time. However, a good second half try by Sonia Green got us back into it and we just then kept the pressure on and it paid off.” England opened the second day of


European action with a 33-7 victory over Germany. Worcester’s Lydia Thompson opened the account with a second minute try which Richmond’s Alice Richardson converted. Heather Fisher, Kay Wilson and Michaela Staniford stretched England’s lead further with tries in the first half, making the score 26-0 at half time. After the break Alice Richardson added England’s final try before Germany registered their sole touchdown to make the final score 33-7. England faced Holland in the semi finals


and although the Netherlands failed to score any points England were made to work hard for the win. Tries for Fran Matthews and Fisher secured the win with Richardson converting both touch downs. Spain now only stood in the way of


England and the European 7s title and it was a tense match. England opened the scoring with a sixth minute try, but Richardson missed the conversion. A penalty try for Spain however, which was converted, put Spain back in the reckoning and in the lead at half time. Skipper Green scored a crucial 13th minute try to put England back on track and with Spain then penalised for constant infringement as England punished their try line, England too were awarded a penalty try. With Richardson converting, England took the 17-7 victory and the European 7s title from Spain.


FIRA GROUP A – DIVISION BELOW ENGLAND


With their victory in Heidelberg this weekend and their third place in Gdansk, Germany won the 7s Men’s European Championship Group A. Germany will play in the GPS in 2012. Belgium came second and Sweden third and in Riga, Ukraine won the Women’s Division A. In Heidelberg, Germany defeated Poland


in the Final of the Cup (29-24). The winners of the first stage in Gdansk (Poland) were Belgium and in Heidelberg they lost the third


ENGLAND RESULTS: Saturday July 16th


England 46 Romania 0 England 20 Sweden 5 England 20 Italy 7 England 15 Spain 0 Sunday July 17th


England 33 Germany 7 Semi Finals


England 14 Holland 0 Final


England 17 Spain 7


place game against Sweden (29-12). By one point, Belgium missed out on promotion to the 7s GPS in 2012 (33 points for Germany and 32 for Belgium) and it is therefore Germany that will play in 7s GPS next year. Sweden finishes third (31 points). Cyprus, who were last in Gdansk, pulled it together in Heidelberg and won the Plate against Lithuania (17-12). The Bowl was won by the Czech Republic who beat Andorra (43-14) in the Final. The last two nations after the two stages,


Switzerland (3 points) and Croatia (5 points) will play in Division B next year. At the time of this report it was undecided which nations will


replace them. There was also a Women’s Tournament in


Riga. The winner of the Division A was Ukraine after its convincing win against Switzerland in the Final (41-0). Both teams will be promoted to the Top 12 in 2012 (this is, however, subject to WRWC Seven’s 2013 qualification format in 2012). Austria won the Plate (10-5 vs. Belgium)


and Latvia, the Bowl (14-0 vs. Malta). Andorra and Israel will play in Division B in 2012 while Poland and Denmark will take their place (subject to WRWC Seven’s 2013 qualification format in 2012)


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