Ireland, France and Russia secure berths at Tokyo 2021 Olympics after weekend’s 2021 World Rugby Sevens draft – .

Ireland, France and Russia secure berths at Tokyo 2021 Olympics after weekend’s 2021 World Rugby Sevens draft – .

Twenty-two teams entered the field, but it was the Irish men’s team and the French and Russian women’s teams that landed the winning tickets for Tokyo, following the three-day draft of the World Rugby Sevens 2021 which took place. ‘took place this weekend at the Louis stadium. II in Monaco.

The Olympic Draft is the final part of the global qualifying process and features the top-placed eligible teams that missed the automatic qualification through their respective regional qualifying tournaments.

This weekend, determined Russian and French women’s teams and the Irish men’s team will complete training for the rugby sevens competition in Tokyo from July 26 to 31, at Tokyo Stadium.

With action kicking off on Friday June 18 with Zimbabwe v Mexico, this year also saw 5,000 supporters join the festivities in the stadium for a packed schedule of men and women matches on days two and three culminating in the two finals. women between France and Hong Kong and Russia and Kazakhstan and the men’s final between Ireland and France on Sunday evening.

Before the final, the women’s competition included:

  1. Argentine
  2. Colombia
  3. France
  4. Hong Kong
  5. Jamaica
  6. Kazakhstan
  7. Madagascar
  8. Mexico
  9. Papua New Guinea
  10. Russia
  11. Samoa et
  12. Tunisia

The men’s tournament included:

  1. Chili
  2. France
  3. Hong Kong
  4. Ireland
  5. Jamaica
  6. Mexico
  7. Samoa
  8. Tonga
  9. Uganda and
  10. Zimbabwe

For the men’s competition, the 10 teams were split into two five-team pools (, comprising one team from each of the five predetermined seed bands.

The top two teams from each pool advanced to the round of 16, culminating in the final between Ireland and France.

In the women’s competition, 12 teams were divided into three pools of four teams ( Teams have been grouped based on their regional competition placements as well as performance in World Rugby tournaments. A team from each group of seeds was drawn from each pool.

The top two teams from each pool, as well as the two third-ranked teams with the highest total points qualified for the round of 16 in the women’s competition.

As there were two Olympic qualifying spots available for women, the draft featured two rounds of knockout matches with the final round featuring four teams Russia, France, Hong Kong and Kazakhstan competing in two matches where the two winners, Russia and France obtained Olympic qualification.

Securing a 28-19 victory for Ireland, Jordan Conroy scored two tries in the second half, while Harry McNulty added a fourth.

The French beat Hong Kong 51-0 to secure their victory as Russia make their Olympic debut in Japan next month after winning 38-0 over Kazakhstan.

Matchday three started with Samoa narrowly beating Mexico 20-17. However, Samoa were eliminated by Russia in the knockout stage.

The victory set up a qualifying final against Kazakhstan, who had beaten Papua New Guinea 17-10 to finish first in Pool B, then defeated Tunisia 29-21 in a thrilling semi-final.

Russia were too strong for Kazakhstan and had four tries before half-time thanks to captain Alena Tyron, Anna Baranchuk, Marina Kukina and Nadezhda Sozonova. Elena Zdrokova added two tries after the break and sealed a 38-0 victory.

France won its first 55-0 match on Sunday against Hong Kong, with tries from Anne-Cécile Ciofani, Chloé Jacquet and Séraphine Okemba.

The victory confirmed France’s place at the top of the women’s draft and a qualifying semi-final against Colombia, who had held off Madagascar earlier in the day to win 12-7.

Hong Kong, which beat Argentina 24-5 in the qualifying semifinals, was France’s opponent in its final. France started strong and took less than a minute to open the scoring when captain Fanny Horta took a pass from Okembe to touch the ground.

It was a dominant performance for the French as Guerin and Ciofani both scored hat tricks. Okembe, meanwhile, scored her ninth and 10th tries of the tournament in the second period to secure France’s qualification for Tokyo 2020 with a 49-0 victory.

Overall performance went to scorer (40) and try scorer (8) Seraphine Okemba from France while the top scorer went to Caroline Drouin from France (6).

Day three of the men’s draft kicked off with a win for Zimbabwe, who recovered from 12-0 to beat Tonga 26-17 in Pool A.

HSBC The main teams of the World Rugby Sevens Series (, Ireland and Samoa were already guaranteed to advance to the qualifying semi-finals, but it was the Irish who got it. made as Pool A winners. Terry Kennedy delivered a daring pass to the back to set Jordan Conroy up for Ireland’s second try in their 21-7 win.

Ireland’s points difference saw them advance to the semifinals as a seed, and the team proved too strong for Hong Kong, winning 28-5.

France was Ireland’s opponent in the final match. The main World Series team advanced to the final, beating Hong Kong 36-5 and following up with an impressive 31-0 victory over Samoa in the semi-finals.

From the first minute, Ireland led the scoreboard. France recovered to lead 12-7 at halftime, with tries from Stephen Parez and Paulin Riva, but they were stopped in the second half with a late score from Terry Bouhraoua pushing Ireland to a 28- victory. 19.

Overall in the draft, Faafoi Falaniko of Samoa was the top scorer (45), while Terry Kennedy of Ireland took the top try scorer (8). The top scorer (12) went to Melani Matavao from Samoa.

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African captains of the World Rugby Sevens. From left to right: Tunisia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar

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