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Canada beat United States to earn maiden World Rugby Sevens Series title

The North American final came after a day of shocks, with the United States recording a 24-19 victory over Olympic champions Fiji in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Canada had also achieved a surprise win over their own by overcoming New Zealand in the last eight, achieving a 26-14 success.

They followed up the display by beating England 17-5 in the semi-finals, while the US secured a dominant 40-7 win over Australia.

The Canadian team made a stunning start to the final with tries from Matt Mullins, Harry Jones and Mike Fuailefau giving them a 19-0 lead.

Three nations reach quarter-finals with 100 per cent record at Singapore Sevens

The Pacific nation, winners of the Hong Kong Sevens last weekend, booked their place in the last eight by topping Pool A with a 100 per cent record.

Fiji began by thrashing Hong Kong 52-0, before they swept aside Russia 38-7 and Canada 35-7 to complete an ominous start to the tournament at the National Stadium.

New Zealand also progressed with three straight victories as they clinched top spot in Pool D.

The All Blacks Sevens were pushed all the way by Scotland in their group opener as they battled to a narrow 22-21 win.

South Africa still have "homework" to do ahead of Singapore

With teams still getting in their recovery training after the three tough days in Hong Kong, they've had time to look back on what was and what could have been.

Not least for USA captain Madison Hughes, who led his side to extra-time in the semi-finals against series leaders South Africa, before a mistake cost them the game.

“We were really disappointed, as they are a fantastic team," said Hughes.

Kenya out to defend crown in Singapore

It's difficult to fathom just how much natural talent Kenya's sevens players have.

They are not full time professional rugby players, with some working in agriculture, TV production, public relations and medicine to name but a few professions.

 It's a highly qualified team off the pitch and on the pitch Kenya reached a new pinnacle in 2016 when they won their first ever world series tournament in Singapore.