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Watch Rugby Sevens Live Olympics

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 9:25:18 AM

The two days of action in Singapore will take place at the National Stadium, live on Sky Sports, and marks the eighth round of the ten-stop world series. This year, the world series is acting as the qualification pathway for countries into the Olympics - at the end of the series, the top four sides will book their places in Tokyo. Right now, only Japan have secured a place as the host nation. With this tournament, plus the rounds in London and Paris still to come, the USA, Fiji, and New Zealand all have a chance to secure qualification ahead of schedule. In Singapore, if any of the top teams finish the weekend in the world series standings ahead of the fifth-placed team by a margin of 43 points or more, they will achieve Olympic qualification with two rounds to spare.

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Dan Norton: Rugby's all-time top try-scorer CNN Dan Norton's electric pace has seen him bolt to the top of his sport, and he shows no signs of slowing down just yet. Seven-a-side rugby is a game crowded with super-fast sprinters, but among the speedsters it is Norton who wears the crown.

He's amassed a record tries during his year career -- a tally that's likely to increase at this weekend's London Sevens. And while many sprint-based athletes lose their raw pace over time, Norton's has endured.

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Those are impressive speeds in their own right, let alone when you consider he runs on grass with a ball tucked under one arm. You're just trying to keep as young as possible without wrecking yourself at the same time.

It's a hard balance, but I think I'm there or thereabouts. It's the young players in the England camp, however, that Norton leans on to stay sharp -- "people like Ryan Olowofela," he explains, "one of the young guys on the team.

He's rapid; really, really gifted and runs really well with a really long range. I have to run fast to compete, I obviously don't want to lose to them If you're not on your mettle, then they'll just tear you up.

Currently fifth in the overall standings and 14 points behind fourth-place South Africa, if England can creep into the top four then automatic qualification for the Olympics as Great Britain is secured.

Photos: 13 locations, 16 tournaments, lots of tries. They won the overall series crown with points -- 10 clear of the USA. Hide Caption 1 of 17 Photos: 13 locations, 16 tournaments, lots of tries.

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Paris, France — Fiji backed up victory in London by wrapping up the overall series title in Paris a week later. The Pacific Islanders defeated New Zealand in the French capital to seal their fourth overall crown.

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Hide Caption 2 of 17 Photos: 13 locations, 16 tournaments, lots of tries. Gareth Baber's side moved to the top of the overall standings after ousting title rival USA in the semifinals. Hide Caption 3 of 17 Photos: 13 locations, 16 tournaments, lots of tries. Ruby Tui pictured made the tournament's Dream Team.

Hide Caption 4 of 17 Photos: 13 locations, 16 tournaments, lots of tries. Kitakyushu, Japan — A last-gasp try saw Canada defeat England to win its first title of the season in Japan.

It was also the first time ever that neither Australia and New Zealand featured in the final four of a World Rugby Sevens Series tournament.

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Hide Caption 5 of 17 Photos: 13 locations, 16 tournaments, lots of tries. Singapore — South Africa recorded a remarkable comeback in Singapore to defeat Fiji having trailed in the final.

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Hide Caption 6 of 17 Photos: 13 locations, 16 tournaments, lots of tries. Hong Kong — Fiji proved that its love for the Hong Kong Sevens -- the series' showpiece tournament -- is as strong as ever.

The Pacific Islanders defeated France to win the title for the fifth straight time. The players are pictured lifting a ball boy in the air before the start of the final.

Hide Caption 7 of 17 Photos: 13 locations, 16 tournaments, lots of tries. Hong Kong — Meanwhile, Ireland earned core team status in next season's series after defeating host Hong Kong in the final of the qualifier event. Hide Caption 8 of 17 Photos: 13 locations, 16 tournaments, lots of tries.

Vancouver, Canada — South Africa overcame France to win its first title of the season. The World Series' defending champion saw off Argentina and Fiji in the knockout stages before outscoring Les Bleus by three tries to two in the final in Vancouver.

Hide Caption 9 of 17 Photos: 13 locations, 16 tournaments, lots of tries. Las Vegas, USA — USA's trophy drought finally came to an end as the Eagles secured back-to-back titles in Las Vegas, cementing their position at the top of the overall standings midway through the season.

A comfortable victory over Samoa handed USA the title. Hide Caption 10 of 17 Photos: 13 locations, 16 tournaments, lots of tries.

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