Last summer at the Rio 2016 Olympics, rugby sevens was played for the very first time, and France’s rugby players entered the spotlight as they fought valiantly for a medal. And though they didn’t end up winning anything, their players showed that they were made of strong stuff.
Ruby Thomas, a French African rugby sevens player, talked in an interview after the Olympics about how her French African upbringing helped her to become stronger on the field, and about how games like rugby can help conquer racism.
“If I have been faced with racism? In rugby, never,” she said. “When talking about integration, sports can help because it brings people together by doing the same thing, suffering for the same cause. Fighting together, winning together.”
Learn more about what it takes to be an Olympic rugby player, and how Thomas finds strength from her upbringing and her team: