23 May 2011

NZ claim back sevens world series title

11:02 am on 23 May 2011

The New Zealand rugby sevens team have reclaimed the World Series title despite being knocked out in the semi-finals at the penultimate round in London, after closest rivals England failed to make the Cup quarter-finals.

With a 31-14 win over Argentina to reach semi-finals, New Zealand clinched the title for the first time in three years, and extended their overall world series tally to nine.

Gordon Tietjens men were thrashed 42-19 by Fiji in semi-finals, with the Fijians then beaten 24-14 by newly crowned London champions South Africa in the final.