Putney's Oliver Lindsay-Hague believes England can reignite their injury-hit season and qualify for next year's Tokyo Olympics Rugby Sevens tournament writes Ziad Chaudry.

The hosts, who all season had some key senior players out due to injuries, were hoping to make ground on fourth place South Africa in the penultimate round of HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series at Twickenham Stadium last weekend.

However their elimination in the group stages of HSBC London Sevens main cup competition confirmed the Springboks, who joined Fiji, USA and New Zealand, as automatic Tokyo 2020 qualifiers.

England meanwhile will go to Biarritz, France in two weeks time to play in the European qualifier where they will compete with the hosts, Spain and Portugal for a place at next year's Olympics. If successful the squad will represent Team GB in the Japanese capital.

"We had a lot of injuries so it hasn't quite worked out for us," said former Harlequins Lindsay-Hague whose points helped beat World Champions New Zealand last Saturday.

"This year I've been out for seven months so this is my first tournament back so for me it's about building myself into the Europeans and getting my form in winning that for qualifying for Tokyo."