Twelve of England's WRWC 2014 winning squad are among 20 players handed central contracts for Sevens by the RFU.
New Zealand increase their cushion at the top of the IRB World Rankings by just over a tenth after a record victory over Australia.
Hong Kong beat surprise finalists Korea in the first Asian Sevens Series men's final, but China's women prevent a double celebration.
London Welsh are hoping All Black scrum-half Piri Weepu's leadership can help keep them in the Premiership this season.
The Welsh Rugby Union and four regions could announce a peace deal to end their protracted dispute in the coming days.
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