Great Britain is the ultra-modern to verify their places in the men’s and women’s competitions on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after England won the Rugby Europe nearby qualifiers in France and Russia respectively on Sunday.
England’s women had been the first celebrating after silencing the home crowd in Kazan with a 19-zero victory over Russia within the final, avenging their loss inside the pool stages with 2nd-1/2 tries from Heather Fisher, Emma Uren, and Alex Matthews.
Their male counterparts also confronted a partisan home crowd in Colomiers, but a first-half hat-trick with the aid of Dan Norton – the all-time main try-scorer in HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series records – set England on the manner to a 31-7 victory over France.
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “I would like to congratulate England’s men and women on winning their respective European qualification tournaments and, in doing so, qualifying Team GB for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“With the latest exciting men’s and ladies’ HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series having added our first qualifiers and the local qualification process nicely underway, rugby seven’s incredible adventure to the Olympic Games maintains to capture the creativeness, attracting new young lovers around the world.”
Seven women’s groups have now shown their region at Tokyo 2020 in hosts Japan, South American champions Brazil, Great Britain and the 4 groups who certified courtesy of a pinnacle-four end within the series in New Zealand, USA, Canada, and Australia.
Great Britain is the 8th guys’ qualifier, joining hosts Japan, local qualifiers Argentina (South America) and Canada (North America) and the 4 facets who certified via the 2019 collection in Fiji, USA, New Zealand, and South Africa.
The Olympic dream stays alive for beaten finalists Russia and France, who development to the worldwide repechage next year, along with France’s women and Ireland’s guys who completed 0.33 of their respective activities.
Half of the groups at the moment are showed for the 12-team repechage tournaments with Russia and France becoming a member of Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Jamaica within the ladies’ occasion while France and Ireland be a part of Brazil, Chile, Jamaica, and Mexico in the men’s.
With five center groups on the arena series worried, the ladies’ competition turned into expected to be one not to miss with Ireland the primary to fall by using the wayside on Sunday, dropping 17-7 to England within the region-finals.
France, who had completed fifth in the 2019 collection, met England in the first semi-final with Holly Aitchison’s conversion proving the distinction after two attempts apiece. France did have a danger to snatch victory on the give up however have been pushed backtrack the ball with the road beckoning as England triumphed 14-12.
Spain had started out the second one semi-final brightly towards Russia with Anne Fernandez de Corres attending to inside a meter of the strive-line, but Russia capitalized on two sin-bins for Las Leonas to attain attempts via Daria Shestakova and captain Alena Mikhaltsova to win 12-five.
That pitted Spain and France into a third location-play-off with a place inside the worldwide repechage at stake. It turned into France who kept their dream of a 2nd Olympic look alive after Anne-Cécile Ciofani scored two of 3 first-1/2 tries in a 17-5 victory.