The Rio ‘16 Olympic Games marks the first time that rugby sevens will be played, and France’s teams have high hopes for success.
In the early 1900’s, the 15 player version of rugby was played in the Olympics, but this summer we will see the debut of the more fast paced seven-player version of the game, known as rugby sevens. Not only do they have less players on the team, but the matches are shorter, too. Teams compete in matches of seven minutes. It’s a pretty ruthless game (no padding or helmets for the players, unlike in American football), that takes a lot of strength and teamwork.
In the Women’s Sevens Series this year, France’s team stood 5th place, just below Australia, New Zealand, Canada and England. With strong leaders, such as rugby player Fanny Horta, the team goes to Rio this summer with confidence.
In this video, Horta answers 7 questions in 60 seconds, talking about why she loves playing rugby sevens, what she misses the most when she’s away from home, and more. There’s also some sweet shots of Horta playing rugby that will get you pumped to watch the Olympics this summer: