England clinch Great Britain’s Olympics Sevens berth

England’s Men’s Sevens team won their Olympic qualifier, defeating France 31-7 in the final, to seal Great Britain’s place at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

England are the nominated nation to qualify on behalf of Great Britain and sealed qualification with three victories on Sunday.

Simon Amor’s side recorded victories over Italy, Portugal and France. The day started with a 35-0 quarter-final victory over Italy.

Harry Glover jinked through for a first and Tom Mitchell scored a second on the stroke of half-time.

Will Muir crossed after the break, while Ben Harris seared down the right wing for a fourth, with Will Edwards completed the scoring.

They followed that up with a 29-12 victory over Portugal in the semi-final.

Dan Norton had the opening score of the game, going over on the left wing midway through the first half while Mike Ellery crossed for a second soon after and Muir had a third before the break for a 17-0 lead.

Charlton Kerr added a fourth England try under the posts, while Ben Harris went over in the corner.

Portugal crossed for two late consolation tries, with Pedro Silverio among the scorers but England held out for victory.

That set up a final with France, and the side sealed victory to secure qualification.

Norton was first to cross, showing trademark pace to sear through, before jinking over for a second soon after.

Jean Pascal Barraque pulled one back for France but Norton had a hat-trick before the break as England led 21-7 at half-time.

Ollie Lindsay-Hague interception led to a fourth England try which helped secure victory.

England Sevens head coach Simon Amor was delighted with his team’s performances.

“I’m just so incredibly proud of everyone involved in the programme – men and women. For both teams to qualify GB for the Olympics after the year they’ve had with huge challenges, huge growth and huge learning is incredible,” he told England Rugby.

“For both teams to beat the hosts in their respective finals as well – it just says so much about the people involved in the programme.

“On the men’s side it’s been such a difficult year, but to get players to peak and in the best place possible for this tournament right here right now was exactly what we aimed to do. I was really proud of how everyone stuck to that plan.

“I’m proud of the players, the young guys in particular. Jamie Barden, Ben Harris – they were only at school last year and so to step up and play under that amount of pressure was fantastic. I’m also proud of how everyone dealt with the injuries we faced this weekend and we’ve faced all year.”