Ambassador declares support for French Sevens team [fr]
The French Rugby Sevens team will play in the HSBC Sevens Series in Wellington on Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th of January in Wellington, the third leg of the 2016-2017 world circuit. Ambassador of France Florence Jeanblanc-Risler turned out to encourage them as they prepared for the tournament.
The French men’s rugby sevens team has been in Wellington preparing for the HSBC Sevens Series Wellington since January 22.
Les Bleus will come up against strong competitors in the third tournament of their 2016-2017 season. They have been placed in Pool C, playing Samoa (match 3), the United States (match 1) and New Zealand (match 2). At the end of this first day, the top eight teams (comprising the top two teams from each group) will face off on Sunday the 29th of January for the cup and the eight other teams (3rd and 4th from each group) will play for the bowl.
Ambassador Florence Jeanblanc-Risler turned out on January 25 to encourage the team, coaches and managers. As well as answering players’ questions about New Zealand, the Ambassador spoke with team members about the importance of rugby in New Zealand and discussed French-New Zealand relations.
At the end of the meeting, team captain Terry Bouhraoua presented the Ambassador with a team jersey which the players then signed.
Rugby Sevens’ growing profile
Rugby Sevens’ sporting profile continues to grow each year. In 2016, at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the sport was included for the first time and drew crowds. As the name implies, Rugby Sevens involves teams of seven playing on a rugby union pitch in two seven-minute halves. The result is fast play and non-stop effort on the part of the players.
While the teams are the centre of the action, enthusiastic supporters, some dressed in costumes, proudly back their teams during the tournament.
Further information about the French team’s schedule can be found on the tournament’s website.