The Libyan national team, who lost to New Zealand, stopped in the semi-finals in Langford

The Libyan national team, who lost to New Zealand, stopped in the semi-finals in Langford

The French women’s rugby team 7 stopped in the semi-finals of the fifth stage of the world circuit, which was defeated by the New Zealanders on Sunday (26-14), in Langford, Canada.

In a remake of last summer’s Olympic final in Tokyo, won by New Zealand, Les Bleues took the lead in the second half thanks to two attempts by Chloé Pelle and Camille Grassineau (14-7), but scored nothing in the second period. In fact, after the break, Black Fern knocked out David Cortex’s team with 19 points.

Australia is already the winner of the world circuit

In the quarter-finals, after winning the group’s matches the day before (against Brazil, Japan and Ireland), the French team largely dominated Fiji (31-14) with five attempts, spurred in particular by a brace from Camille Grassino. They will play for third place against Ireland, which Australia beat in their other semi-final match (26-5), Sunday evening to Monday, at 1:28 AM (French time).

Joining them in the final, the Australians, the world leaders, were keen to win the Sevens Series circuit even before the sixth and final stage, scheduled for May 20-22 in Toulouse.

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