Simon Amor was delighted with England’s efforts at the Dubai Sevens World Series despite going down 28-17 to Fiji in the final.
England started brightly on the final day of action in the Middle East with a 14-7 win over Argentina setting up a semi-final duel with America.
That match proved to be a nail-biter too as the game ticked into stoppage time and the Red Rose eventually came through 24-19.
But Fiji proved to be a different beast altogether and, despite taking an early lead, Amor’s men were well beaten.
“I’m disappointed that we lost the final but certainly not with how we went about it – the squad gave it everything,” said Amor.
"We have some young and inexperienced guys playing in their first big tournament and I’m delighted with the effort that they put in and their attitude throughout the whole weekend has been excellent. We are in a good place that we can build upon.
“We’ve worked very hard on developing mental strength, character and culture and this group work very hard for each other which first and foremost is what you ask for as a coach. I really am delighted for them reaching the final.”