18 May 2015

USA win London Sevens

7:19 am on 18 May 2015

Fiji were crowned the Sevens World Series champions after beating South Africa in this morning's quarter-finals of the London leg but it was the United States who stole the headlines by winning their first ever tournament.

Fiji lift the Sevens World Series title in London.

Fiji lift the Sevens World Series title in London. Photo: World Rugby / Martin Seras Lima

The Americans beat Australia 45-22 in the final.

Fiji, who were beaten by Australia in the semi-finals, claimed their second World Series title and first since 2006 after taking an unassailable points lead by overcoming second placed South Africa in the quarter-finals.

Defending World Series champions New Zealand, who were beaten in the quarter-finals by hosts England, finished third overall.

However it is the Americans' meteoric rise from a side with potential to world beaters that has fans and pundits waxing lyrical and captain Madison Hughes, who grew up in London, was understandably ecstatic.

The United States are yet to qualify for next year's Olympics.

Fiji, South Africa, New Zealand and England automatically qualify for the Rio games by finishing in the top four of the World Series standings.

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