The 2022 France Sevens is here. All 16 core teams on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series have arrived in Vancouver this week ahead of the highly anticipated HSBC France Sevens on 20-22 May at Toulouse. Here, you will know the preview, schedule, and how to watch the tournament and the full schedule.
France 7s Preview:
When the top players in the world compete in the HSBC France Sevens 2022 Toulouse, it will be the first time in over two years that all 16 teams will be competing in the World Rugby Sevens Series. This will take place at the National Stadium in Toulouse.
This will be the first tournament with all 16 core teams since the 2022 Canada Sevens, held in Toulouse from May 20 to 22. With the participation of heavyweights New Zealand, Fiji, and Samoa, this will be the first event that will feature all 16 core teams.
The 2021-2022 World Rugby Sevens Series got off with a pair of double-headers in Dubai during November and December of the previous year. It continued with tournaments in Malaga and Seville in January. The event in Toulouse is the fifth of nine legs of the series.
France Sevens 2022 Schedule:
The tournament will start on Friday, May 20, and continue until May 22. Here is the full schedule of the tournament.
Sunday 22 May:
Quarter Final: Australia Women vs. USA Women – 12:26 PM ET (Saturday)
Quarter Final: Australia Men vs. France Men – 2:05 PM ET (Saturday)
5th place Semi-Final: Australia Men vs. Argentina Men – 6:34 AM AEST
Semi-Final: Australia Women vs. Ireland Women – 7:52 AM ET
World Rugby 7s Calendar:
- Men’s Vancouver – 16-17 April 2022
- Women’s Langford – 30 April – 1 May 2022
- Men’s Toulouse – 20-22 May 2022
- Women’s Toulouse – 20-22 May 2022
- Men’s London – 28-29 May 2022
- Men’s Los Angeles – 27-28 Aug 2022
How to Watch France Sevens Rugby Online and on TV in 2022?
NBC Sports will show the France Sevens Rugby in the USA. You will need to take a cable TV connection to the channel to watch the entire tournament on your television.
You can also download NBC Sports App on your streaming device to watch the tournament’s live stream. So, log in and catch all the events live.
If you are living in Australia, you can watch the match on BeIN. They will show all ht matches to the fans.
Players to Watch:
Charlotte Caslick (Australia)
One of Australia’s standout performers on the Series for the last nine years, Charlotte Caslick is arguably in the form of her life.
The Olympic champion currently leads the DHL Impact Player table, which awards points for offloads, carries, line breaks, and tackles, with 328 from the five tournaments.
In Langford, Caslick supplemented her all-action playing style with seven tries as Australia wrapped up the tournament victory and the 2022 Series title.
Australia’s co-captain notched a crucial try in the final against New Zealand, touching down early in the second half to nudge her side back in front in a match they would ultimately win.
Thalia Costa (Brazil)
Another player in a rich vein of form is Brazilian speedster Thalia Costa, who has scored 12 tries in her last eight Series matches.
That run started on day two in Seville at the end of January as Costa struck twice in Poland’s narrow 17-15 defeat.
Last weekend in Canada, she crossed the whitewash eight times in only five matches, including a hat-trick in Brazil’s Pool B encounter with Japan.
Costa is currently fourth on the try-scoring list for the 2022 Series, having scored 21 tries in 24 matches across the season. She will hope to add a few more to her tally in Toulouse.
Ilona Maher (United States)
Only four female players have made more tackles on the 2022 Series than the USA forward Ilona Maher, who was at her best again in Langford.
With a presence on both sides of the ball, Maher made 13 tackles, and 21 carries on Vancouver Island to finish the weekend 10th on the Langford DHL Impact Player table.
She also came up with essential tries at vital times, scoring in the USA’s wins against Fiji, England, and Spain en route to sixth place.
One of the most popular players in the Series, she is sure to carry that form with her to the south of France later this month.
Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (Ireland)
The most prolific woman on the Series, Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe, ran in 12 tries in Langford to take her season tally to 32.
On day one, Murphy Crowe started with back-to-back hat-tricks against Japan and Brazil and scored all four of Ireland’s tries in their defeat of France in the bronze medal match.
In her last 14 matches on the Series, Murphy Crowe has crossed the whitewash 26 times – scoring three or more tries in five of those appearances.
She recently told World Rugby that her sole focus is helping her team, and she is certainly doing that. Putting her phenomenal strike rate to one side, Murphy Crowe is also second only to Caslick on the DHL Impact Player table.
Séraphine Okemba (France)
One of France’s standout performers as they secured a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics last July, Séraphine Okemba has carried that form into the 2022 Series.
Currently fourth on the DHL Impact Player table, Okemba is one of the best players on the circuit at keeping the ball alive, having made 23 offloads so far this season.
A strong runner with an eye for a break, she contributed four tries in Langford as France finished fourth.
Okemba and her teammates will be keen to put on a show on home soil. Due to the COVID-19 curtailed 2020 season, France has not hosted a Series tournament since 2019, and the hosts will want to get back on the podium in Toulouse.
Reapi Ulunisau (Fiji)
Fijiana star Reapi Ulunisau had yet to make her Series debut when she helped inspire her country to a bronze medal in Tokyo.
Despite missing out on the tournaments in Malaga and Seville in January due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Ulunisau has been a hit in her first season on the circuit.
In Langford, she topped the DHL Impact Player table with 13 tackles, eight breaks, nine offloads, and 25 carries as Fiji finished seventh.
Ulunisau scored six tries across the weekend to take her tally to 13 in only 16 matches, and she will want to finish her debut campaign on a high when the Series arrives in Toulouse later this month.
This year, France Rugby 7s 2022 will feature the best teams with their best players. So, don’t miss a moment and watch the entire tournament on your device.