. Japan 7s at Paris 7s in June 2019. They got relegated from the HSBC World Sevens Series after a heavy 52-7 fall to England in the Challenge Trophy quarters on Sun 2 June, 2019. Photo credit - World Rugby
Japan relegated
By Patrick Korir | Sun 02 Jun, 2019 15:23

It was end of the road for Japan on Sunday 2 June 2019 after they were stripped off their HSBC World Sevens Series core status after a 52-7 blitzkrieg by England at Stade Jean-Bouin Stadium in the quarters of Paris 7s Challenge Trophy.

Japan, denied a place in the Cup quarters on Saturday by a late Scotland penalty and conversion by Gavin Lowe, needed to contest all eight points on offer in the challenge trophy on Sunday and hope that Wales fell by the way side to survive.

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Japan came to Paris placed with 25 points, two behind Kenya and five off Wales. But the 2020 Olympic hosts, by virtue of going down to the Englishmen, can only contest a maximum three points in the 13th place competition meaning they cannot surpass Wales’ tally.

As Japan fell to England, a pressure free Wales also went down to Canada 31-17 in another challenge trophy quarterfinal.

The losses set up a Japan – Wales 13th place semifinal that the Brave Blossoms 7s went on to win 33-17. It marked the end of the series for Wales who head home with 31 points.

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