Worcester Warriors back row Jake Abbott saw his hopes of retaining the New Zealand Sevens title end today (Saturday) as eventual champions Fiji secured a 28-19 semi-final victory.
Last year's winners couldn't hold on to their cup dream despite putting in a brave performance against the South Sea Islanders.
Youngsters Dan Caprice (Blackheath) and Mat Turner (Bristol Rugby) crossed the line for England but Ben Ryan's side turned over too much ball and the Fijians took advantage to come back from an early deficit to build a lead they never relinquished.
After losing their captain Kevin Barrett (Saracens) to injury on day one Ryan's side came back to beat Canada in the quarter final 31-0 with former Worcester ace Ben Gollings (Gold Coast), Turner and Caprice adding to the scoreboard.
England will now travel to the USA for next weekend's Las Vegas Sevens where they will face Wales, Japan and Argentina in the pool stages.
Warriors youngsters Huw Taylor and Jack Singleton will start for England in the World Rugby Under 20 Championship final against Ireland this Saturday night at Sale Sharks' AJ Bell Stadium (kick-off 7pm).
Worcester Warriors Chief Executive Jim O'Toole has dismissed suggestions made in a national newspaper that the Club is pulling back on its long-term financial commitment to become an established Aviva Premiership Club.