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Injury agony for England Sevens in Australia

England Sevens endured a depressing start to the HSBC Sevens World Series - losing key players to injury and the Bowl final to unheralded Spain in Australia's Gold Coast.

Mat Turner, the top try-scorer in last year's World Series, broke his right ankle in England's 13-10 pool stage win over Spain. And Chris Cracknell has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained in the same match. Both will miss the remainder to the year, including England's defence of the Dubai Sevens title in December.

England ended up finishing tenth in the Sevens after losing their Bowl Final 19-14 against Spain in sudden death extra-time . They were without Turner and Cracknell for the tie and had two more players sidelined. Tom Powell didn't reappear after the tournament's opening match following a bang on the head and John Brake (ankle) was also ruled out.

Ben Ryan's side overcame Scotland 35-7 in the Bowl quarter-finals, having missed out on a place in the last eight of the main tournament following a 19-17 pool defeat to Samoa on Saturday. Dan Norton (above) scored two tries in the win over the Scots, which set up a semi-final against Canada.

England triumphed 24-19 against the North Americans after extra-time and appeared on course to win the Bowl title at 14-7 up in the second half, but Spain battled back with tries from Ignacio Martin and Matias Tudela.

 

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