Dubai 7s round-up: defending champions New Zealand secure best victory on day one

Black Ferns are the defending champions of the Dubai Sevens (PA Images)
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Dubai Sevens defending champions New Zealand got their campaign off to a flying start with a 48-0 win over invitational side Japan.

The Black Ferns are bidding to become the first team in Sevens history to defend the series.

England had a disappointing first match against France as they lost 29-0. The French came racing out of the blocks with tries from Séraphine Okemba, Shannon Izar and Chloé Pelle meaning The Blues were 17-0 up at half-time.

The women in white couldn't find a way back and France piled on the pressure with Belle scoring again and Coralie Bertrand added another to sew up the match.

Spain clinched a win in the last play of the game against Ireland. The Greens Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe and Kathy Baker touched the ball down to put them 10-0 up.

However, Patricia Garcia scored just before half-time and then displayed nerves of steel as she added the extras to Maria Garcia's try to secure Spain's 12-10 victory.

Australia kept a clean sheet against Fiji with a 38-0 win. The Aussies have never lost to the Polynesian side in the series history and tries from Ellia Green, Emma Tonegato, Sharni Williams, Georgia Hannaway and Faith Nathan kept their perfect track record.

Canada, the runner-up in the 2018 edition of the series, beat Russia 24-19 while the USA trumped Brazil 29-7.