4 Dec 2011

No joy in Dubai for NZ sevens side

8:27 am on 4 December 2011

The champion New Zealand rugby sevens side is third equal after the second leg of the IRB World Series in Dubai, following an unprecedented 10-7 exit to eventual winners England in the Cup quarter-finals.

New Zealand went on to lose the Plate semi-final to Australia, 26-12. It's the first time the side's ever lost three straight games

England retained their Dubai title, beating France 29-12 in the Cup final to go second behind Fiji overall.

Australia won the plate, beating South Africa 17-14.