Jéméry Aicardi’s men are inclined in the final of the tournament against the Barbarians (14-40) on the lawn of Paris-La Défense Arena.
There were inevitably regrets after this final. But the main thing is elsewhere for Monegasque rugby players. By becoming vice-champion of France in rugby sevens for the first time in their history, for their second participation only in the In Extenso Supersevens, the Monegasques have once again proved that they must now be counted on.
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As Jérémy Aicardi confided to us a few weeks ago at the Sportel Awards, the course of Monaco Rugby Sevens is hardly credible, as the Monegasques have performed in recent years. And what about this season, which saw MR7s win two stages out of the three that take place in Aix-en-Provence, Toulouse and La Rochelle.
Promising for the future
In Paris, qualified among the eight best French teams, Monaco Rugby Sevens had the opportunity to glean a new title, the most beautiful in its history. But despite the reinforcements of Dan Norton and Cecil Afrika, the proteges of Jérémy Aicardi lost in the final against the Barbarians (14-40), after having discarded La Rochelle and Racing 92.
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Led 21-0, the Monegasques scored two tries in this final, in particular through Dan Norton, but ended up losing by conceding five tries in total, while Cecil Afrika came out on injury. But with this title of vice-champion of France, MR7s proves once again that Monaco has everything to become a real land of rugby.