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US chase maiden Hong Kong Sevens win, Tokyo 2020 berth

US chase maiden Hong Kong Sevens win, Tokyo 2020 berth

Watch Canada take on France at the World Rugby Sevens Series in Hong Kong.

Webber contracted the condition just a week out from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and hasn't pulled on the black jersey since.

Reigning Hong Kong champions Fiji finished at the top of their bracket after a 24-5 demolition of New Zealand.

But Fijian captain Paula Dranisinukula set the fierce rivalry aside at the start of the match to pass a framed tribute to his New Zealand counterpart Scott Curry to mark last month's terror attack in Christchurch.

Canada, ranked No. 12, also lost 19-14 to No. 8 Argentina in its tournament opener Friday.

The US, who have a seven-point lead over New Zealand at the top of the standings, opened their Hong Kong Sevens campaign by thrashing Spain 39-7 in Pool D.

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Norton crossed one minute into the second half and England then dominated to secure a 29-19 victory.

The World Series Qualifier tournament runs alongside the main event, with the victor qualifying for the 2019/20 World Series as a core team.

Pool E of the men's qualifier includes hosts Hong Kong, the Philippines, Zimbabwe and Tonga, the latter two having featured on the 2019 series as invitational sides in Dubai and Cape Town and Hamilton and Sydney respectively.

The Bears, knocked out of the competition past year and helmed by Fijian Sevens legend Waisale Serevi for the last five months, went down to Ireland in a 47-0 drubbing in the qualifying quarter-finals.

Yesterday, the Cooks were beaten by Chile 31-5 and Germany 10-7.