The Blues won the silver medal in Hong Kong after their final defeat to New Zealand

The Blues won the silver medal in Hong Kong after their final defeat to New Zealand

Without Antoine Dupont in the Hong Kong tournament, the French rugby sevens team reached the final but did not achieve the double after their victory in Los Angeles.

France TV – Sports Editorial


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Frenchman Andy Thiemou in the group stage of the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens Championship, against the Fijians, April 6, 2024. (PETER PARKS / AFP)

A losing final, but consistency honors the French rugby sevens team, as the Blues, who were defeated in the final of the Hong Kong Championship, Sunday, April 7, by New Zealand (10-7), remained in the semi-finals three times. One row in the Sevens Series, a promising series a few months before the 2024 Paris Olympics, when they even won the Los Angeles Championship. Without Antoine Dupont, who remained in the XV club in Toulouse, they left with the silver medal after errors were made in the final, allowing the New Zealanders to score two tries in the second half.

The Blues only managed to break through the opposition's defensive curtain at the end of the game, eight seconds from the siren, with a converted try to honor Varian Baskett. This tournament remains encouraging since their victory over Ireland, which is ranked second in the world rankings, in the semi-finals (26-10). Jerome Daret's men are fourth, but are just two points behind Fiji on the podium.

The French women's national team returns empty-handed from Hong Kong. The French team lost in the small final to Australia (24-21).

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