United States and New Zealand win opening matches at Hong Kong Sevens

United States and New Zealand win opening matches at Hong Kong Sevens

New Zealand will battle Kenya at 4.51 this afternoon.

New Zealand are off to a flying start at the Hong Kong Sevens.

Fiji show their respect for New Zealand and those affected by the Christchurch tragedy with a special gift at the Hong Kong Sevens.

Nick Malouf and Maurice Longbottom replied for Lewis Holland's side.

Kenya beat neighbors Uganda Uganda 24-0 in their first match before seeing off Hong Kong 36-5.

Australia will now need to beat both Fiji and Kenya in their remaining pool games on Saturday to progress to the same-day finals.

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The top four teams at the end of the 2018/2019 World Rugby Sevens Series will gain automatic qualification to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games with the rest having to go through their respective continental qualification.

Kazakhstan also still have hopes of reaching the series after winning one of their three pool matches in Hong Kong to reach the last eight, alongside Hong Kong who booked their place in the quarter finals with a 26-5 win over Uganda.

England overcame Wales 36-19 in the other match in the group as Dan Norton became the new all-time leading World Rugby Sevens Series try-scorer.

South Africa, who went through Pool "A" unscathed, beating Japan 22-7, Scotland 26-10 and Samoa 21-7, face US in the Cup quarterfinals.

In the women's tournament, Brazil beat Scotland 28-19 to win the title on Friday.

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