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Team England make history in the boxing ring in Australia

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Team England make history in the boxing ring in Australia

Injury has forced another change to the men's rugby sevens team a day out from the start of their Gold Coast Commonwealth Games campaign.

It was, by far, South Africa's toughest test of the day having earlier cruised past Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.

The men in black will be intent on returning to gold-medal-winning ways, after being Games champions on the first four occasions, before being beaten in the final last time out by South Africa, with the BlitzBokke indeed the current World Rugby Sevens Series leaders.

Australia were the first to score after the break, making the most of a poor New Zealand lineout to cut the Black Fern sevens lead to 12-7.

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The South Africans would have felt a lot better about life when Ruhan Nel crashed over for his side's second as Branco du Preez converted to make it 14-0. Geduld was again successful with the conversion to make it 14-0.

The hosts then capitalised on another New Zealand error to score near the posts, but Australia missed the conversion to leave the scores locked at 12-all with less than a minute remaining.

The fifth try came straight from the restart after half-time as Emily Scott gathered, dummied and raced through before Amy Wilson Hardy showed her pace around the outside twice towards the end as they racked up 45 points without conceding.

But the second half told a very different story as Phil Burgess scored two second-half tries, with captain Tom Mitchell converting both, before Mitchell added a try himself to seal the win for England.

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