11 May 2014

All Blacks Sevens win 12th World Series title

6:09 am on 11 May 2014

The New Zealand men's rugby sevens side have clinched their 12th IRB World Series title, by reaching the knockout stages of the final leg in London.

The All Blacks Sevens thrashed Argentina 40-10 then Wales 49-0, before controversially losing 15-12 to hosts England in front of a full house at Twickenham.

With the scores tied and the New Zealanders racing away on attack, the officials somehow ruled a forward pass - which clearly wasn't, and in the end England's Tom Mitchell kicked the winning penalty.

The result could have ramifications for the champions, who now face unbeaten South Africa in the Cup quarter-finals. The Blitz Bokke have finished second in the overall series.

England face France. In the other Cup quarters, Australia play Kenya and Samoa are up against Pacific rivals Fiji.