November 30 - Fiji have won the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens title beating South Africa in the final to end a 15-year wait to lift the trophy.
Having seen off HSBC Sevens World Series leaders New Zealand in the Semi finals with an emphatic 44-0 victory, the Fiji side put in a scintillating performance to beat South Africa 29-17 in the final and claim the Emirates Dubai trophy for the first time since 1998.
Led on by a passionate crowd at the 7he Sevens Stadium Osea Kolinisau, Pio Tuwai, Benito Masilevu and player of the tournament Samisoni Viriviri inspired the islanders to a memorable victory at round two of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
It justified Fiji's decision to hire former England coach Ben Ryan to guide them as the sport prepares to make its debut on the Olympic programme at Rio 2016.
"This group of 12 players that have been with me for the last two days have just been outstanding in everything they have done, and they are learning really quickly," said Ryan, leading Fiji in only his second world series event since his appointment in September.
"That semi-final was flawless sevens against the best side in the world and we gave them their heaviest defeat ever. I was speechless.
"I've always had a plan of how we can perhaps play well against New Zealand, but we don't always execute it.
"It wasn't a picture postcard of a final but we were always in control and we scored some nice tries."
New Zealand, who were unbeaten in the competition prior to the heavy semi-final defeat to Fiji, beat England 17-14 in the third place play-off.
The game was clinched just 20 seconds from time when New Zealand's Tim Mikkleson broke through England's defensive line to seal third place for New Zealand and ensure they stayed top of the World Series standings.
The defeat dropped England down to fourth in the standings with South Africa leap-frogging them into third.
"There were some real positives - a lot of our tackling was the best I've seen – but some of our decision making was not great and that can punish you at the highest level of sevens," said England's head coach Simon Amor on his team's performance throughout the tournament.
"Now the foundations are in place in our defence, though, we've got a lot of other good stuff to work on.
"South Africa was a very frustrating game.
"We did a lot of good stuff but we didn't play the breakdown particularly well and South Africa are very good there.
"It's the next part of our game to look at."
The teams will now head to South Africa's Port Elizabeth for round three of the World Series on December 7.
Following the draw for this next round it was confirmed that Dubai winners Fiji will head Pool A and face Scotland, Australia and France.
Dubai runners-up, and hosts, South Africa will face Kenya, Canada and Spain in Pool B, whilst New Zealand play Wales, Portugal and USA in Pool C, and England play Argentina, Samoa and Zimbabwe in Pool D.
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