England Sevens lose to Canada

England lost to to Canada in a stuttered performance in their second pool match of the Edinburgh Sevens.

Despite tries from Uche Odouza (Unattached), James Rodwell (Moseley) and Nick Royle (Fylde) England struggled to hold Canada from taking victory.

Ben Ryan’s men were down to six in the first half after Newcastle’s Rob Vickerman was sent to the sin bin. Canada taking their opportunity to score a converted try from Conor Trainor put them ahead.

Odouza’s five points before half time was a welcome break for England but a second half try put them 14-5 behind after Canada intercepted a Chris Brightwell (Bedford) offload to go in under the posts.

Replacement Nick Royle (Flyde) lifted England’s spirits, bursting through midfield, to match Canada’s effort but was denied from the restart, referee Laurent Cardona (France) waving his second try away to leave the score at 12-14.

Rodwell took his chance as support on the right wing after receiving a Tom Powell (Unattached) offload for Ben Gollings (Gold Coast) to put his side 19-14 ahead with the conversion.

But in the last two minutes England lost their way and conceded two soft tries for Canada to take victory 24-19.

Earlier England beat Portugal 17-5 in their Edinburgh opener with tries from Mat Turner (Bristol) and second half replacements Royle and Oliver Lindsay-Hague (Harlequins). Gollings slotted the conversion.

England face last weekend’s London Sevens champions Australia in their last pool match at 6.39pm.

Final Score England Sevens 19-24 Canada




Tries: Odouza, Royle, Rodwell;
Cons: Gollings (2)

Sin Bin: Rob Vickerman


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England Sevens: Greg Barden (Royal Navy), Kevin Barrett (Saracens), Chris Brightwell (Bedford), Ben Gollings (capt, Gold Coast, Australia), Oliver Lindsay-Hague (Harlequins), Uche Odouza (Unattached), Tom Powell (Unattached), James Rodwell (Moseley), Nick Royle (Fylde), Mat Turner (Bristol Rugby), Rob Vickerman (Newcastle Falcons), Micky Young (Newcastle Falcons)



England’s Edinburgh Sevens fixtures and results:

England 17-5 Portugal
England 19-24 Canada
Australia v England (kick off 6.39)

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