World Military Rugby Sevens Championship: Entente Cordiale in Armandie

Les Bleus entertained the public of Armandie by offering them an offensive festival until the final.

Loic Dequier

One year before the XV World Cup in France, the military therefore showed the way to Fabien Galthié’s proteges by sounding La Marseillaise in Armandie. This result also confirms the progress of the men’s team created several years ago and which regularly participates in national and international tournaments. “For six years, this team has been registered on the Elite circuit of the FFR where it has finished the last two editions at the 3e place behind 7-a-side associations made up of players from France 7 or France Développement, ”says manager Benoît (he cannot reveal his name) who left the Paris firefighters for a weekend. His proteges set fire to the lawn of Armandie by conceding only two tries before the final!

“One Body Spirit”

Even if the level was very heterogeneous, like the players from Côte d’Ivoire unable to make a correct screw pass, the French soldiers displayed a level of play which notably has former glories of the SUA like Philippe Benetton or Pierre Berbizier, but also the former winger Georges Tilsley who does not miss an opportunity to travel from Perpignan to find the lawn of Armandie. It must be said that the partners of captain Jimmy Peuchaud had all the chances on their side with three weeks of preparation at the CNSD (Centre National des Sports de la Défense), Collioure and Mont-de-Marsan. No question of missing out on this first world military rugby sevens championship.

The French men's team is made up of Federal players and hopefuls from professional clubs.

The French men’s team is made up of Federal players and hopefuls from professional clubs.

Loic Dequier

Especially since this kind of competition can serve as a springboard like Tavite Veredamu who was a legionnaire in the 2e infantry regiment in Nîmes when he was spotted by the French team at 7. “We also did internships with the Blues in Marcoussis”, specifies Jimmy Peuchaud (33), second master boilermaker-welder in the navy in Toulon and Federal player passed by the Espoirs of RC Toulon. “It was super rewarding to evolve with players whose job it is, it would be nice to do it again to develop even more. In the meantime, the French manager wants to “grant the regiments which have made a big effort to detach active soldiers during these three weeks” to try to gain ground against the British Army.

Benoît (with the cap), the manager of the French military teams, is delighted with the rise in power of his protégés.

Benoît (with the cap), the manager of the French military teams, is delighted with the rise in power of his protégés.

Loic Dequier

“The strength of these players is that they also play for their colleagues who are in operations or have been injured and who do not have this chance to play rugby which remains a pleasure, further specifies the French manager. Whether firefighters, airmen, sailors, or in the army, we all speak the same language, that of the defense professions, with an esprit de corps, values ​​of work and surpassing oneself, and the will to defend the nation. But it was still necessary to federate a group and a state of mind, and that the two teams manage to live together. » Bet won.


Women : 1. France, 2. United Kingdom, 3. Australia, 4. Spain, 5. Uzbekistan. In a unique five-nation group, the French have achieved a clear round by beating the All Pinks of Uzbekistan (24-7), the United Kingdom (31-0), Spain (41-0) and Australia (17-5). Les Bleues found Spain in the semi-finals (38-5) and again beat the United Kingdom for the title (24-12).
Men: 1. United Kingdom, 2. France, 3. South Korea, 4. Australia, 5. Uzbekistan, 6. Spain, 7, Netherlands, 8. Georgia, 9. Ivory Coast. The Blues did not go into detail until the final, conceding only 2 tries (against South Korea) in five games against Uzbekistan (42-0), South Korea (40-14), Ivory Coast (54-0), Spain (56-0) and Australia (45-0) in the semi-finals. But the United Kingdom put an end to the Blues dream in the final by winning (24-10).

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