Australia won the inaugural World Cup 9s as both England sides were knocked out at the penultimate stage by New Zealand.
England men suffered a shock 16-13 defeat to Lebanon, who had earlier been embroiled in an ineligible player storm that saw their opening day win over France chalked from the records.
Wayne Bennett’s side only progressed to the semi-finals thanks to Wales beating Lebanon 25-14, bouncing back to beat France 38-4 to set up a do or die clash with New Zealand.
In the semi-final, the turning point came early on when winger Jermaine McGillvary was hauled down short of the line after a 70-metre break and the Kiwis struck on the counter-attack through Ken Maumalo.
There was no way back for England when Jamayne Isaako and Reimis Smith added further tries either side of half-time and, although McGillvary collected George Williams’ kick to grab a consolation try, Isaako wrapped up the scoring with his second try.
Australia, who beat Samoa 25-8 in the semi-finals, went on to become the first winners thanks largely to a hat-trick of tries from Mitchell Moses in a 24-10 triumph over the Kiwis.
England’s women were outclassed on the second day as New Zealand went on to beat Australia 17-15 in the final.
Georgia Wilson scored England’s only try in a 42-4 defeat by the Jillaroos while Amy Hardcastle was on the mark in a 33-4 loss to the Kiwi Ferns.
France 23-6 Wales
England 13-16 Lebanon
Samoa 17-4 Cook Islands
Tonga 21-17 Fiji
New Zealand 18-17 Papua New Guinea
Australia 41-11 USA
Lebanon 14-25 Wales
England 38-4 France
Fiji 10-12 Cook Islands
Tonga 20-24 Samoa
New Zealand 46-0 USA
Australia 26-0 Papua New Guinea
New Zealand 22-6 England (semi-final)
Australia 25-8 Samoa (semi-final)
Australia 24-10 New Zealand (final)
New Zealand 24-12 Papua New Guinea
Australia 42-4 England
Australia 30-6 Papua New Guinea
New Zealand 33-4 England
Australia 15-17 New Zealand (final)