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No Medal Joy For England's Sevens

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No Medal Joy For England's Sevens

ENGLAND SEVENS suffered semi-final heartache this week as they crashed out of the Commonwealth Games against eventual winners New Zealand before losing out on a bronze medal to South Africa.

Ben Ryan's men had beaten the number one ranked side in the world and the IRB HSBC Sevens World Series champions Samoa, in the quarters as well as eventual silver medal winners Australia in the pool stages, but a strong Kiwi side proved to be a hurdle too far.

England then lost narrowly 17-14 to South Africa in the bronze medal match, meaning the squad left Delhi empty handed.

Summing up his team's disappointment, head coach Ben Ryan spoke to the RFU podcast about England's fourth place finish, saying: "We had a really good day one and ended up with a tough draw heading into the second day. Playing against IRB World Sevens series champions Samoa in 35 degree heat wasn't easy, but we came through it.

"We then came up against the red hot favourites New Zealand so it wasn't the most straightforward route to the gold and we came unstuck due to a few little errors - we had our opportunities but it wasn't to be. Looking forward, our aim now is to be the best side in the HSBC World Series."

Also on this week's podcast:

Hunt-ing the podium - England Sevens wing Simon Hunt describes the strange feeling of getting nothing for fourth place in the Commonwealth Games

Shotgun Gold - While the Sevens squad were left disappointed, there was medal joy for one English rugby player as Redditch wing Steve Walton proved he is very handy with a shotgun, winning double Commonwealth gold in the singles and pairs of the Double Trap shooting

European successes - Aviva Premiership side London Irish secured a memorable Heineken Cup victory over three-times champions Munster. There were also wins for Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers, but Bath Rugby, Saracens and London Wasps all narrowly lost at the hands of French opposition Worsley woe - On the back of London Wasp's 18-16 defeat at the hands of Toulouse, back row Joe Worsley told us how important - and tough - it will be to bounce straight back against Glasgow at Adam's Park on Sunday Lemi at 'em - Samoa wing David Lemi tells us how much he is looking forward to the England v Samoa Investec International at Twickenham on November 20 and describes what a great opportunity it is for his fellow countrymen to prove how good they are to the rugby world For the full interviews, check out today's RFU Podcast. Here you can listen to the weekly podcast or subscribe to itunes and have it delivered straight to your inbox each week. The RFU Podcast takes you inside English rugby from the grassroots to the elite.

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