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The French men’s rugby sevens team have won their first three matches to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong World Circuit stage.

What an exciting start to the season for the French Men’s Rugby 7s team! The Blues play the prestigious Hong Kong tournament from Friday to Sunday, which kicks off the world tour season. A special season, from the top four in the general classification at the end of the final tournament at Twickenham in May, will qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The French, freed from this pressure, would qualify themselves, and the tournament began. With three wins, they will be allowed to play in the quarter-finals on Sunday. After an easy win over Great Britain on Friday, they started the day against Uruguay on Saturday. And against the promoted side, the Tricolors were untroubled, with a 45-5 win. They led 19-5 at half-time with tries from Marius Domon, Stephane Paras and Varian Pasquet, followed by second scores from Ryan Rebbadge, Aaron Grandidier (twice) and Paul Lereitre. Then he got a place in the quarter finals.

Now, the United States!

Beat South Africa, who finished second behind Australia on the World Tour last year (France finished seventh), to top the group. And it did with a 19-17 win! However, the South Africans led 17-7 at half-time (Grandidier’s try for France), but the Blues turned things around in the second period, scoring two further tries from Lereitre and Grandidier. The 22-year-old Brave has scored six tries in three games since starting the competition! France ended this group stage with three wins, as did Samoa, Fiji and Ireland. The Blues will play their quarter-final against the Americans (sixth on the world tour last year) at 5:40 a.m. Sunday, against whom they have lost two out of three times in 2022. But Jerome Darrett’s men seem to have done well. Hong Kong’s form from the start of this phase sees them go into the halves to face either Ireland or Australia.

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