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Paris 2024 Rugby Sevens: Schedule Unveiled

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With just 16 days left before rugby sevens ignites the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, World Rugby and the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee have unveiled the much-anticipated match schedule. The Stade de France, fresh from hosting the Rugby World Cup 2023 final, is set to welcome 69,000 fans per session, showcasing the electrifying sport that has captivated audiences worldwide.

Men’s Tournament: A Battle for Glory

The men’s competition kicks off on 24 July, with a thrilling opener between Australia and Samoa. Hosts France, inspired by the formidable Antoine Dupont, face the USA, while reigning Olympic champions Fiji challenge the debutant Uruguay team. The competition will continue over three days, culminating on 27 July with the first team sport gold medal of the Games.

Women’s Tournament: Champions Collide

On 28 July, the women’s tournament begins with Ireland taking on Great Britain. Defending champions New Zealand will battle it out with Challenger champions China, and SVNS Grand Final champions Australia clash with South Africa. The women’s matches promise to be as gripping as the men’s, leading up to their final on 30 July.

A Global Showcase at Stade de France

The Stade de France will once again become the epicenter of rugby excitement, as fans from all over the world gather to witness this high-paced, action-packed sport. The format includes three pool matches for each team, with the top eight advancing to the quarter-finals, setting the stage for intense semi-finals and the crowning of new Olympic champions.

World Rugby’s Vision

World Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin expressed his enthusiasm: “The unveiling of the match schedule is another exciting step towards Paris 2024. This edition promises to be the sport’s ‘coming of age’ with packed stands and a worldwide audience, showcasing the speed, strength, and skill of rugby sevens.”

A Nation’s Pride

Paris 2024’s Executive Director of Sport Competitions, Aurélie Merle, added: “Rugby sevens will kick off the Olympic Games, and the atmosphere inside Stade de France will be electric. With passionate crowds and thrilling match-ups, the stage is set for an unforgettable experience for athletes and fans alike.”

As teams finalize their preparations, the world eagerly awaits the clash of rugby titans in Paris. The stage is set, the schedule is locked, and the countdown has begun for what promises to be a historic chapter in Olympic rugby sevens.
[Submitted by Kevin Rademeyer]

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