The final teams for the Monaco 7s watched as Mexico and Zimbabwe kicked off the games this morning, June 18. Uganda’s unfortunate results that tested positive for the coronavirus within camp forced their hand to pull out of the tournament and cancel game 2 of the day.
As the rest of teams count down the hours remaining till day 2 begins, the 21 teams getting ready for their games are in all focus as 5,000 lucky fans are set to watch.
With 43 games set to be played this weekend, the French men’s and women’s team will be among the favorites to win a spot for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The French squad has made the addition of calling on Gabin Villière, who has been outstanding in the XVs format as he makes four test caps for the team.
Ireland proudly carries the rising star, Jordan Conroy who has score the most World Series tries in 2020.
Tonga 7s has had a rough road to battle in their Monaco campaign as Covid-19 restrictions hindered their ability to train, but the team has found a way to best prepare. Malakai Fekitoa the Rugby World Cup winner has been added to their line up and will captain the Tongan 7s squad.
“I am very proud to have been apart (sic) of the best team in the world [the All Blacks],” Fekitoa wrote on Twitter, “but at the same time I want to contribute something great to Tonga, my country, my homeland and where my heart belongs.”
In the women’s side, France fails to make the automatic qualifications for the Olympic Games as they’ll finish just outside the cut off in the World Series.
The Les Bleues’ squad has some vast experience under their belt including Rugby World Cup experienced players like Camille Grassineau, Chloé Pelle and Jade Ulutule.
Kazakhstan and Russia also narrowly missed out in the 2016 Olympic Repechage tournament but are now back and ready to win a spot in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Anna Yakovleva of Kazakhstan was a player in 2016, will now be the head coach of the women’s squad as they get a second chance for the qualifications.
All tournaments will be live streamed on the World Rugby social media pages and on YouTube.