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Multiple cause for celebration for All Blacks Sevens

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irb.com and James Mortimer     13 May 2013     IRB

In winning their second Cup title of the season New Zealand lifted their 11th World Series title in 14 years and their first London Sevens title since 2007 at Twickenham.

Further to this was Tim Mikkelson and Gillies Kaka being included in the first ever Dream Team, while Lote Raikabula celebrated 100 Sevens' tries.

Hosts England finished third for the second successive tournament after beating Kenya 26-19 despite a hat-trick from William Ambaka, with Dan Norton ending the London Sevens with 10 tries to finish the Series as the leading try and points scorer.

At the end of the Series, New Zealand finished top in the overall standings with 173 points ahead of South Africa (132), Fiji (121) and Samoa (104). Having reached five Cup semi finals across the season Mike Friday's Kenya (99) ended fifth with the hosts England sixth (92).

In the qualifying tournament, Scotland, Spain and Portugal all re-qualified to ensure they play on all nine rounds of the 2013/14 Series.

Fiji prevented USA winning a third successive Plate by winning 14-5 in the final. Earlier they beat Argentina 26-12 in the first semi final while USA beat South Africa 22-5 in only their second ever victory against Paul Treu's side, the first coming on day one.

Wales beat France 19-7 in the final of the Bowl thanks to a James Davies hat-trick after beating Samoa 21-12 in the Bowl semi finals before Les Bleus defeated Canada 28-14 thanks to Terry Bouhraoua scoring 13 points.

New Zealand head coach Gordon Tietjens: "We took it one game at a time. Kenya twice was very very hard, even Australia we knew was going to be a tough one. We work really hard and you get a lot when you work hard. We have got a great team here and a lot of young players. Tim Mikkelson was simply simply outstanding. There will be no easy games in the world cup and we will go there and give it our best shot thats what keeps us going."

Lote Raikabula, NZ Sevens, on his 100 career tries: "It's awesome but the team work is important, they hook me up and I am just there putting the ball down. I can't remember my first but i think it might have been against the Cook Islands. I didnt think I'd score 100. It is so tough, the training is so tough, you just have to work hard keep fit and hopefully keep going."