Australia, New Zealand and Russia went unbeaten on day one of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Sydney but England caused a shock as they failed to the qualify for the Cup quarter-finals for the first time in the history of the competition.
England lost to both Russia and USA at the Allianz Stadium in Pool C on Friday, meaning they will compete for the Challenge Trophy on Saturday in Sydney.
Ireland and Fiji both emerged from Pool B along with Australia as they impressed, while France did just enough to join New Zealand and Canada from Pool A.
The Cup quarters will see New Zealand play France, Ireland take on USA, Australia face Fiji and Russia meet Canada in what’s sure to be a close encounter in the Sydney sun on Saturday.
Meanwhile, England play Papua New Guinea and Spain face Brazil in the Challenge Trophy semi-finals on day two.
The action resumes on Saturday when New Zealand play France at the Kippax Field at 10am (GMT +11)