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But it wasn't the English who stole the show, even if records say otherwise, with Kenya stunning with a remarkable route to the final.
The African nation knocked out the All Blacks Sevens in the semi-final with a 19-14 win.
It was a big year last year, but Sir Gordon Tietjens and New Zealand won their 11th Series title.
As the IRB said - after mis-firing badly at the first three rounds, England hit form in Wellington and stunned the hosts in pool play. Kenya also played well, memorably beating New Zealand in the semi-finals, but they came up just short of their first ever Series win in the final, Sam Edgerley diving over in sudden death extra time to rescue England's season.
"It is just fantastic, I am overwhelmed to be honest," said an emotional Edgerley. "It is my first tournament win for England and I am the proudest man in the world. We didn't have the best start to the season so we made a promise to ourselves to get out of it, and we did."
Yes, this is the men's leg, but you will get to see the Women's World Cup and Series champions show the men how it is done.
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2000 Fiji 24 – 14 New Zealand
2001 Australia 19 – 17 Fiji
2002 South Africa 17 – 14 Samoa
2003 New Zealand 38 – 26 England
2004 New Zealand 33 – 15 Fiji
2005 New Zealand 31 – 7 Argentina
2006 Fiji 27 – 22 South Africa
2007 Samoa 17 – 14 Fiji
2008 New Zealand 22 – 17 Samoa
2009 England 19 – 17 New Zealand
2010 Fiji 19 – 14 Samoa
2011 New Zealand 29 – 14 England
2012 New Zealand 24 – 7 Fiji
2013 England 24 – 19 Kenya
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The All Blacks Sevens squad:
Tomasi Cama (Manawatu)
Scott Curry (Manawatu)
Ambrose Curtis (Wellington)
DJ Forbes (Counties Manukau)
Bryce Heem (Tasman)
Gillies Kaka (Hawke's Bay)
Akira Ioane (Auckland)
Mark Jackman (Canterbury)
Ben Lam (Auckland)
Tim Mikkelson (Waikato)
Matt Moulds (Northland)
Lote Raikabula (Wellington)
Sherwin Stowers (Counties Manukau)
George Tilsley (Manawatu)
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Fiji at 3:06pm
Spain at 5:54pm
France at 9:56pm (the last match of Day One)
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