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Saturday 19 October 2019

Watch: Ireland still to face Scotland after victory over England and defeat to All-Blacks at London rugby 7s

Ireland's Adam Leavy (L) gets tackled by England's Tom Emery (R) during the rugby union sevens pool match between England and Ireland on the first day of the London 2019 World Rugby Sevens Series (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's Adam Leavy (L) gets tackled by England's Tom Emery (R) during the rugby union sevens pool match between England and Ireland on the first day of the London 2019 World Rugby Sevens Series (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Tony Considine

Ireland suffered a chastening 34-7 defeat to New Zealand in their second London 7s game after earlier upsetting the odds to make a winning start against England.

A last-gasp Mick McGrath try had completed a turnaround 21-17 victory over the hosts at Twickenham this morning.

McGrath gathered the ball from a ruck and left the English defence in his wake to steal the game in the dying moments. Although England won possession from the restart, the visitors held on to secure the win.

Ian Fitzpatrick opened the scoring for Ireland after three minutes of play and Bryan Mollen also crossed six minutes later. However, missed conversions by England on their second and third tries meant Ireland remained in touch before McGrath's decisive move.

The Irish were then brought back down to earth as a dominant All-Blacks ran out 34-7 winner in their second game. Ireland face a final game against Scotland at 17.54 as they ramp up their attempt to qualify for next year's Tokyo Olympics.

The Irish team were invited to compete at the London event but from next season will play in the prestigious World Series against the leading teams in the 7s format from November through to June.

You can follow the afternoon's action here.

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