Photo credits: Illustration / Hélène Brasseur
The Top 14 was on a two-week break. But some players have made an early comeback, on the occasion of an event much appreciated by fans of the oval: the InExtenso Supersevens. The French rugby sevens championship, the first three stages of which took place this summer, returns for a final meeting on November 19 at the Paris La Défense Arena. Racing 92 was one of the last eight teams still in lice.
To claim this title, already acquired in 2020 (during the first edition of this championship), the Sky and White club had made a team made up of Top 14 players and club hopefuls. Among the professional players, Antoine Gibert, MVP of the 2020 edition, Christian Wade, new Ile-de-France recruit who passed through the NFL, and Olivier Klemenczak. Paul Leraître, who recently had his first selection with the France VII team, was also there.
The Racingmen’s journey could not have started better, with a victory in the quarter-finals against Union Bordeaux-Bègles (12-5). But in the semi-finals, the Ciel et Blancs crossed paths with one of the great favorites for the title: Pau. The Béarnais also just won, with a score of 21 to 19. All that remained for the Racing players was to go for 3rd place in the general classification. And that happened in a derby against Stade Français…
Under derby, at XV or VII, it is won. And the Parisians did not fail in their mission by winning by a wide margin, 28 to 14. It is therefore a good third place that the Racingmen obtain at the end of this InExtenso Supersevens. To reach this place, the Racing 92 group was able to benefit from the valuable advice of a former star of its workforce, Virimi Vakatawa, transformed into a coach for the occasion. The great champion is Monaco, winner in the final against Pau.