England Sevens and Worcester back row Jake Abbott lost out on a final place losing to in-form Samoa in the Cup semi final of the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens.
England went down fighting 28-24 in a physical encounter which came down to conversions. Both sides scored four tries each with Samoa just edging England with the boot for the draw.
Chris Brightwell (Bedford) and Oliver Lindsay-Hague (Harlequins) crossed in the first half whilst Bristol's Mat Turner went over in the second after a well timed kick from Ben Gollings (Gold Coast) sent him through on the chase.
Samoa scored quickly after that and then again from the restart and kicked both conversions leaving England trailing 28-19.
James Rodwell went over on the final buzzer but Gollings missed his second attempt at the posts to finish on 24-28.
England add 16 points to their IRB World Series tally with all to play for at their home tournament, the Emirates Airline London Sevens on May 22 & 23.
Head Coach Ben Ryan said, "We lost to Samoa in Dubai last year and then again in the semi final today but they are a very good side. It was four tries each in that match and they just sneaked it, in what was a close affair.
"This side is young and inexperienced but they're learning a lot. We've made some mistakes along the way but to come back from the disappointment of losing pool matches in Adelaide last week to being in the cup semi final this week is progress."
England: Tom Powell (Cambridge), Chris Brightwell (Bedford), James Rodwell (Moseley), Nick Royle (Fylde), Oliver Lindsay-Hague (Harlequins), Ben Gollings (capt, Gold Coast, Australia), Mat Turner (Bristol Rugby)
Replacements: Christian Wade (London Wasps), Jake Abbott (Worcester Warriors)
Worcester wing Ben Howard has been named in the England Under 20s team to take on New Zealand in the semi-final of the IRB Junior World Championship in Vannes, France, on Tuesday June 18, kick off 1945 (GMT).
The Warriors Community team have been busy working with people across Worcestershire over the last year and have been given the perfect reward for their efforts after being nominated for a top prize at the All Parliamentary Premiership Rugby Community Awards 2013.
The Worcester Warriors Community department joined forces with Stourport Rugby Club on Tuesday to welcome nearly 90 children from local primary schools to a tag rugby tournament supported by the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme.
Ben Howard scored two tries as England Under 20s stormed to a record-breaking 109-0 victory over USA to book their place in the IRB Junior World Championship semi-finals alongside South Africa, New Zealand and Wales.
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England Under 20s - who included Worcester wing Ben Howard - fell agonisingly short against world champions South Africa in the IRB Junior World Championship, losing 31-24 in La Roche-sur-Yon on Sunday.