New Zealand win their first Dubai Sevens since 2009

New Zealand win their first Dubai Sevens since 2009

With temperatures hovering around 30 degrees this weekend in Dubai, Canada's men's rugby sevens players took a touch of home with them out into the sweltering sun to find some chill.

Star playmaker Justin Geduld has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament after picking up an unspecified injury on Friday.

Player of the final Andrew Knewstubb says it was a win built on toughness.

Geduld was replaced on the field by Dewald Human during the second half, and did not return to the field.

Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens side finished their Dubai Sevens campaign on a low note after losing a thrilling 5th place playoff match against Fiji on Saturday.

The other Cup quarter-finals are New Zealand against Russian Federation, the United States against France and England against Australia.

But they fell to two heartbreaking losses after the siren, to United States of America in the semi-final and England in the third place play-off, to narrowly miss out on the podium.

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England, resounding 22-5 winners of the reigning World Sevens Series champions South Africa in the quarterfinals, nearly stole the lead but Harry Glover's try was ruled out after he was judged to have stepped on the sideline.

The Black Ferns continued to prove they are the world's best team in women's sevens by winning their fifth World Series tournament in a row yesterday.

The All Black Sevens beat the US 21-5 in the final to claim their first title in Dubai since 2009.

Writing in a special World Rugby column, Australia's Dom du Toit claimed the event in Dubai is "an opportunity to redirect our path", with the season still in the early stages.

The Women are next in action at the Sydney Sevens at the start of February.

Canada trailed 21-0 before Pat Kay scored to cut the French lead to 21-5 at the half.

Canada now sits second in the World Series Standings behind New Zealand. Head coach Damian McGrath's Langford-based crew lost 26-12 to England and 31-19 to France before beating Japan 27-7. The All Blacks pushed ahead, however, after a lineout to make it 14-5 and then surged ahead with a try in the waning minutes to seal the victory.

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