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Monaco Rugby 7s Year-End 2023 Smash Victory in Dubai in Front of Prince Albert

The goal is to have exclusively Monegasque players representing Monaco Internationally.

No so easy when Monaco is currently playing at such a high level internationally, including in the team some of the best players in the world. This year, the team consisted of three Federation players and one club player. Eventually, the FMR hopes to have all local players representing them. 

Dubai International Open Men – Dubai 7s.… a step in the development of an exclusively Monegasque player team 

Thrilling action, great crowds, a wonderful party atmosphere, top class entertainment, and all in a superb, purpose-built venue. Blend it all together, and the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is without doubt an event to remember for all those who turn up and join in the party.

The Impi’s (“Zulu warriers”) proudly wear the colours of both the Monegasque Rugby Federation and the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation in international tournaments “by invitation.”

And Gareth Wittstock has been working hard for seven years now putting in a lot of effort between the Foundation and the Federation

The goal was to win the Dubai tournament in front of the Prince, present in Dubai for COP 28. The target was not so much to get promotion even if asked to play in the higher division next year, the Invitation category. That level is a step too far at the moment. The main aim is to field Monegasque players under the team name Impis’ and further the bonding as a true Monegasque team. 

Following a brief journey cut short in last year’s quarterfinals, the resolute red and white 7-a-side rugby delegation was on a mission to win. This mission culminated in an impressive six out of six victories over the weekend. The saga began on Friday, dominating the Butchers 7s in a staggering 43-0 victory. Their second showdown of the day against the Lydon Hammerheads resulted in a solid 12-5 triumph.

Fuelled by unwavering determination, the Monegasque rugby stars emerged victorious from their Saturday pool B clash against the North West Barbarians, securing a commendable 28-7 win. 

Play-Offs – Knockout Quarterfinals and Ultimate Fight for the Winning Trophy 

The quarterfinals saw a rematch against the Butchers 7s, and once again, they triumphed with a score of 22-12. Stepping into the semifinals, they conquered Speranza 22 with a 26-14 victory. The grand finale, resembling a local derby against the Nissa Sevens, concluded in favour of the Principality’s team with a decisive 29-12 score, marking the triumphant realization of their objective to create incredible tournament opportunities for young players from Monaco.

Looking Ahead to 2024

Looking ahead, the upcoming athletic endeavor is set in Scotland with the Melrose 7s in April. The Monegasques are geared up to defend their title, which they secured with resounding success earlier this spring.

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