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Norton celebrates a century of tries

SPEEDSTER: Norton (left)

RUGBY UNION sevens international Dan Norton scored a landmark 100th try for England at the South Africa Sevens tournament last weekend.

The 24-year-old winger scored four tries during the tournament, which took place on December 8 to 9 at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium.

Only Ben Gollings (220), Richard Haughton (106) and Rob Thirlby lie ahead of him on the country's all-time list.

Norton was pleased with his personal achievement but disappointed that England failed to progress to the last eight.

"I'm happy to get my 100th try but I would have liked it different circumstances,” said the speedster.

“At the moment we're fighting to get out of our group and it's pretty frustrating how the last three tournaments have gone for us.

"We've put in a lot of effort but we're missing that final pass and that final one per cent."

New Zealand won the overall South Africa Sevens title, thrashing France 47-12 in the final.

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