Rugby 7s: the Blues in silver in Hong Kong after their narrow defeat against New Zealand

A new medal for the French team in this season of the “Sevens Series”. In silver after a narrow defeat (10-7) against New Zealand this Sunday in the final of the Hong Kong stage, the Blues are on the podium for the third time in a row. And for the first time without Antoine Dupont, the scrum half being mobilized with the XV and his club Stade Toulouse.

As in the semi-final against Ireland, Varian Pasquet (ex-Stade Français) scored a try for the Tricolores, at the very end of the match. But it was already too late to close the lead taken in the second period by the All Blacks, who scored two tries in less than two minutes. New Zealand achieves the women’s-men’s double in Hong Kong.

The great season of the Blues of the “Seven” continues. Manhandled during the first three stages (9th place in Dubai, 8th place in Cape Town, 6th place in Perth), they managed to revive in Canada (bronze medal in Vancouver) and, above all, in the United States (medal of gold in Los Angeles) under the leadership of Antoine Dupont. And here is the third medal in a row. Next meeting from May 3 to 5 in Singapore.

Les Bleues at the foot of the podium

The French team is already assured of a place in the top 8 for the final stage in Madrid (Spain) from May 31 to June 2. With Antoine Dupont, for the final competition before the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Earlier in the morning (French time), the women’s team lost in the small final after its narrow defeat against Australia (24-21). Les Bleues have not won any stage this season but have scored podiums in Dubai (bronze), Cape Town and Vancouver (silver). Third in the general classification, the French will also be in Madrid for the final stage.


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