Rugby Sevens Repechage for Paris 2024 schedule confirmed. WORLD RUGBY

With 50 days to go until Paris 2024, World Rugby has unveiled the official match schedule for the highly anticipated World Rugby Sevens Repechage tournament in Monaco from 21-23 June. It will serve as the final qualifying tournament for Paris 2024.

Monaco's Stade Louis II, which hosted the final qualifiers for Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, will once again be the venue to determine the final men's and women's teams for Paris 2024. The competition will see 12 men's and 12 women's teams battle it out for the ultimate prize of representing their country on the Olympic stage, with only the winners securing their tickets to Paris. 

South Africa's Blitzboks, strong contenders after winning the first round of the HSBC SVNS 2024 in Dubai, will headline the men's competition, which also includes core teams from the HSBC SVNS 2024 circuit Canada, Great Britain, and Spain. The women's tournament features a wide open field with the Czech Republic making their repechage debut. 

Men's tournament teams: 

Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Great Britain, Hong Kong China, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Spain, Tonga and Uganda. 

Women's tournament teams: 

Teams: Argentina, China, Czechia, Hong Kong China, Kenya, Jamaica, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Poland, Samoa and Uganda. 

Poland will open the women's tournament on Friday 21 June at 13:00 local time (GMT+2) against the Czech Republic, while Hong Kong will take on Papua New Guinea in the men's final at 14:40. Both finals will take place on Sunday 23 June, Olympic Day, which celebrates the global Olympic movement. 

Antoine Dupont has switched to Rugby Sevens in a bid to win gold at Paris 2024. WORLD RUGBY
Antoine Dupont has switched to Rugby Sevens in a bid to win gold at Paris 2024. WORLD RUGBY

World Rugby Chairman, Sir Bill Beaumont said: "The Olympic Games are the biggest multi-sport event in the world and a stage like no other for rugby sevens players. Stakes will be high and we expect intense and passionate world-class rugby in Monaco over the three days as teams compete for the final Olympic spots." 

"We wish all the teams the best of luck and hope to see many fans at the Stade Louis II for this fantastic tournament. Our thanks go to Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco and the Fédération Monégasque de Rugby for hosting this prestigious event for the third time in a row," he added. 

Following the conclusion of the tournament, the Paris 2024 Rugby Sevens Olympic pools will be announced at a media briefing in the Salon d'Honneur of the Stade Louis II in the presence of the captains of the qualifying teams and representatives of World Rugby and Paris 2024.   

Rugby Sevens will provide an unforgettable curtain-raiser at the Stade de France as the first sport, alongside football, to launch the Paris 2024 Olympic Games two days before the Opening Ceremony. All six of World Rugby's regions are represented among the 11 men's and 11 women's teams that have already secured their places in Paris through the HSBC SVNS and regional qualifiers. 

Sir William Beaumont is the current Chair of World Rugby. GETTY IMAGES
Sir William Beaumont is the current Chair of World Rugby. GETTY IMAGES

On the men's side, France, who were crowned HSBC SVNS 2024 Champions champions in Madrid with superstar Antoine Dupont, will be joined by New Zealand, Argentina, Fiji and Australia, who all booked their places by finishing in the top four of the 2023 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. The winners of the qualifying tournaments are Uruguay (South America), Ireland (Europe), USA (North America), Kenya (Africa), Samoa (Oceania) and Japan (Asia). 

On the women's side, HSBC SVNS League Winners New Zealand, HSBC SVNS Grand Final Champions Australia, Ireland and USA will join hosts France as the top four qualifiers for the 2023 World Series. They will be joined by Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, South Africa, Fiji and Japan as the winners of the regional qualifying tournaments. 

Paris 2024 will be the third Olympic Games for Rugby Sevens and the sport is proving to be one of the most in-demand events of the Paris Games, following the huge success of Rugby World Cup 2023 in France. Tickets are still available on the Paris 2024 website. 

Fiji's men have dominated the Olympic competition to date, winning back-to-back gold medals on their debut at Rio 2016 and again in Tokyo five years later. New Zealand are the reigning women's Olympic champions and Australia won the first women's Olympic gold medal in Rio.