First stage of the event this Saturday August 13, in Perpignan, at the Aimé-Giral stadium.
This Saturday, in Perpignan, begins the Supersevens, the French championship of sevens rugby clubs. Born two years ago, the competition keeps rugby fans in suspense in August just before the resumption of the championship. A somewhat special event that mixes both spectacle and sporting challenges.
QWhat formula for this championship?
Enter teams, those of the Top 14, one from Monaco and a guest, the Barbarians until 2023, compete during this Supersevens. The competition is divided into three steps : the premiere this Saturday, in Aimé-Giral therefore, in La Rochelle on August 20 and in Pau on August 28. The grand finale will take place on Saturday November 19 at the Paris La Défense Arena, the home of Racing 92.
QWhat is the format of the steps?
Each of the three stages will have 22 matches of 14 minutes (2 x 7′). The meetings take place over one day and start with round of 16. These matches are often prolific with tries every 90 seconds on average.
For the premiere this Saturday in Perpignan, the defending champions, the Barbarians, will have the honor of opening this French championship by facing Lyon (10:40 a.m.). Pau and Perpignan will be opposed at 11.24 a.m. while the European champion, La Rochellewill face the champion of France Montpellier (12:30 p.m.).
Posters to the taste of Top 14 for the two Occitan clubs since the matches will be the same on the first day on September 3.
VShow to qualify for the final?
The clubs have two possibilities to access the main draw of the grand final: to make a move or to put on the regularity. In the final, only eight teams remain in the race for the title of this French championship at 7.
Winners of the three stages are guaranteed to play for the title in November. They will be accompanied by top five teams overall.
A presence in the final on November 19 would be a great first for the two clubs from the former Languedoc-Roussillon. Montpellier had automatically participated in the final in 2020 but there was only one stage. Last year, the MHR finished 10th overall by reaching the quarter-finals in two stages (in Aix-en-Provence and Toulouse). Perpignan, for its part, was not invited to the party in 2020 because Usap was in Pro D2. And in 2021, the Perpignanais never crossed the knockout stages during the three stages and finished 13th.
VSHow are the teams formed?
The teams are obliged to register, at least, three players under professional or pluriactive professional contract. The other players may be players under an approved employment contract or under a training agreement with the club. Teams also have the opportunity to call on players playing in Pro D2 or National.
Paulwith the Fijians Aminiasi Tuimaba, Olympic champion at VII in Tokyo, and Lekima Tagitagivalu, and monaco with the South African Cecil Afrika, best sevens rugby player in 2011, are the big favorites. Montpellier and Perpignan (see elsewhere) focus on youth.
Montpellier, Perpignan: groups
MHRsevens: Cantin Foguet, Jules Bertry, Martin Arfi, Mathis Modebadze, Kilian Bakour, Lucas Berti, Liam Navarro, Jack Kellner, Arturo Ten Hoever, Liam Delamare, Baptiste Laurence, Hugo Coulier, Giovanni Santé, Robin Mc Clintock, Axel Malaret.
USAPsevens: Alexandre Thome, Théo Adaba, Théo Forner, William Falelavaki, Antoine Bouthier, Hugo Franchi Sempere, Lenny Viola, Alexandre Perez, Tom Buisson, Quentin Boronad, Nicola Bozzo, Lilian Pichon, Samuel Hostalrich.