USA beat Canada 21-5 in the final of the NACRA Sevens to qualify for the Olympic Games as a result.
Perry Baker, Danny Barrett and Maka Unufe gave them a 21-0 lead at half-time before Harry Jones scored the only try in the second half for Canada as the USA held on to confirm their place in Rio next year.
What a night! USA qualifies for the Olympics n I'm heading to get my Super Bowl ring with the Pats!! #TurnUp— Nate Ebner (@Natebner34) June 14, 2015
Following the final in front of a packed house in Cary, North Carolina, Mike Friday's side become the seventh of 12 sides to qualify for the Games, joining Brazil, Fiji, South Africa, New Zealand, Team GB and Argentina.
Canada will get one further chance to qualify, becoming one of the 16 sides at the final World Repechage next year, alongside Mexico who beat the Cayman Islands 26-19 in the third place play-off.
In the women's final the USA, who memorably lost out on an automatic place from the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series with a 15-14 defeat against England in the third place play-off in the final tournament in Amsterdam, proved too strong for Mexico.
Kristen Thomas scored the opening try for Ric Suggitt's side with the experience of being a core side on the women's circuit proving the difference in an 88-0 win. Lauren Doyle added a hat-trick in the win and they join Brazil, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Team GB and Colombia in qualifying for the women's competition in Rio.
Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago, who beat Jamaica 12-10, still have a chance of qualification to Rio and will compete in the repechage next year having finished second and third respectively.
FRANCE AND RUSSIA ON TRACK IN EUROPE
France Sevens backed up their win at the Moscow Sevens last weekend with a 20-7 win over Spain on home soil at the Lyon Sevens, round two of three in the European Grand Prix Series.
Inspired by the influential captain Terry Bouhraoua the win means France now lead the European Grand Prix Sevens Series with 40 points, six ahead of Spain and 12 ahead of Russia. Attention now turns to Exeter for the third and final leg in July where Frederic Pomarel's side will be hoping to become one of the 12 teams to compete in the men's competition in Rio next year.
In the quarter-finals France beat Portugal 40-7, before acocunting for Germany 28-14 in the semi-finals. Following a Pablo Fontes try in the final, Pomarel's side came from 7-0 behind to record victory thanks to tries from Fulgence Ouedgraogo, Bouhraoua (2) and Remy Grosso.
In Kazan Russia women beat France 19-15 in the final of the first of two rounds in the women's series having earlier beaten Spain 36-7 in the semi-finals and Wales 33-0 in the quarter-finals. Brive plays hosts to the second and final leg next weekend.
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