Mixed bag for Australia. They lost to NZ in their pool but made it past this year's series winners Fiji to get the Cup Final.
There, they met an on-fire USA, who had beaten England in the semi finals (England, in turn, had knocked out NZ in their quarter final). USA won 22-45 to claim their first ever title. It's the second time in two meetings Australia have lost to the USA but the Americans have looked seriously good. Lots of pace, and some power to match.
This result should be an added incentive for Australia to get through the Oceania round. USA have lost before to Canada, and if they do so in the North American round, then they'll be a threat to anyone in the final play-off.
"I think he should have had support from the senior players and English team management to ensure things didn’t get out of hand in the lead up to the RWC."
He has hardly been with the England set-up over the last two years. He hasn't played in an Autumn series since 2012. He then missed most of the 2014 Six Nations, and all of the this year's competition. That's four major rounds of international matches where he hasn't really featured, not even in the training camps. He was part of the squad which toured last year but went down again with injury and hasn't been near England in nearly seven months.
You could argue that Leicester should have been keeping a closer eye on him, but they've done so much for the Tuilagi family over the years it's hard to point the finger of accusation at them. Ultimately, it was down to him to keep his head together.
England have beaten Kenya and Brazil,which puts them into the Cup quarter finals in this final sevens round. By doing so, they have secured the fourth place Olympic qualifying spot, since Australia can now no longer close the points gap.
Australia will at least want to leave this round with some good victories under their belt, then focus on winning the Oceania round in November.