Paris Sevens: Fiji crowned World Rugby Sevens champs for fourth time

Fiji players gathered before a qualifying match against France at the World Rugby Sevens Series in Paris on Sunday.
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Fiji were crowed champions of the World Rugby Seven Series on Sunday, after wining the Paris Cup final 35-24 over New Zealand.

The defending Olympic champions completed their fifth win of the series in a dominant display in the French capital.

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Napolioni Bolaca posted two tries and five conversions for Fiji, who got off to a blistering 21-0 start and did not let up.

Regan Ware scored two tries for the All Blacks sevens, who were already assured a Tokyo 2020 sport with a top four finish.

New Zealand cruised past South Africa 33-14 in the semifinals.

Going into Paris, the USA sevens had a chance to sneak past Fiji on points to claim the title, but lost 33-14 to the islanders in the other semifinal match.

It was the semifinal win that mathematically clinched a fourth World Rugby Sevens title for Fiji, who will enter Tokyo as the favorites next year.

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Rounding out the top four in the Series standings are USA and South Africa. Great Britain will battle for an Olympic spot in a European qualifying tournament in July.