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This weekend marks the beginning of the much-awaited World Rugby Sevens Repechage in Monaco. With three African nations representing the continent on the big sporting stage in Monaco this weekend, we extend our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to all teams and their coaches and supporting staff.
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Twelve women's and ten men's teams will be competing in a round robin this weekend to secure their spot in the world’s biggest sporting event, the Olympics being held in Tokyo from 26th to 31st July.
The women’s competition will feature Argentina, Colombia, France, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Samoa, and Tunisia. While the men’s tournament will involve Chile, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, Samoa, Tonga, and Zimbabwe.
This evening, the men’s tournament kicked off with Zimbabwe playing against Mexico, where the men played a brilliant defence game, and managed to score 3 tries. With a win of 21 – 0. Setting the benchmark for the rest of their games.
Leading the pack for Africa, the Tunisian Women’s’ World Rugby Sevens team will be playing against Papua New Guinea at 14:08 hours (Local Monaco Time) tomorrow while Madagascar is set to compete against Hong Kong later that evening at 19:11 hours (Local Monaco time).
Speaking on the occasion, Paula Lanco – President of the Women’s Rugby Advisory Committee, remarks, “This weekend is going to be a powerful punch of excitement and emotions, we are looking forward to some free-flowing Rugby with many great tries that will make audiences erupt and roar. But more importantly, the women’s tournament is not only a means of entertainment and pride but also an opportunity to inspire millions of women especially girls around the globe to pursue their dreams, fight for equality and to believe that anything can be achieved with hard work, patience, and perseverance. This is a remarkable moment in history that has the potential to ignite the imagination of our future generations. Here’s wishing all the teams all the good luck they need; we absolutely cannot wait to find out which of the two women’s team will make to Tokyo this year.”
With their sight set on an Olympic glory, the respective captains from Madagascar, Tunisia and Zimbabwe teams remain enthused and highly hopeful. The women’s tournament will be particularly enthralling as two of the twelve women’s squads that have arrived in Monaco will be securing their admission into the Olympics club, thereby lending both teams from Africa i.e., Tunisia and Madagascar a chance to be part of global stage and spotlight at the Olympics. With 5,000 world-wide fans watching the tournament live from the stadium, millions are anticipated to tune-in from their homes on digital devices to watch history being made over the weekend. Some viewers from certain locations across the world can access live telecast of the games, however the energy, excitement, joy, and thrill will be experienced by all audiences alike.
“The sport of Rugby as thrill-seeking as it is, carries along with it a rich history, heritage and legacy of undeniable sportsmanship. Outstanding women and men from different parts of Africa have come together to fight for one goal and one trophy. I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that this hard work is paid off and we see a flag from the African continent rise in the sky at the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. My best wishes are with all the African teams and players.” says Khaled Babbou – President of Rugby Africa.
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About Rugby Africa: Created in 1986, Rugby Africa (www.RugbyAfrique.com), previously the African Confederation of Rugby (Confédération Africaine de Rugby – CAR), is one of the six regional associations composing World Rugby (www.WorldRugby.org), the international organization responsible for the governing of Rugby Union and Rugby Sevens. Rugby Africa unites all African countries which play rugby union, rugby sevens, and women’s rugby. Rugby Africa organizes the qualifying competition for the Rugby World Cup, and Africa Sevens, a qualifying competition for the Olympic Games. Rugby Africa has 39 members.