Rugby sevens teams competing for the final Tokyo 2020 qualification places in Monaco will be playing in front of spectators when the event is staged later this month.
Ticket sales officially opened on Friday 28th May after organisers confirmed that 5,000 fans will be able to watch the Olympic Games Sevens Repechage tournament on the two main days of competition at the Stade Louis II, 19th and 20th June.
Any person who is not a resident or professional of the Principality of Monaco must present a negative RT-PCR test taken with the past 72 hours.
The good news for spectators came on the day that World Rugby confirmed the match schedule for the competition.
A total of 12 women’s teams will contest two final places in the Olympic Rugby Sevens tournament, while 10 men’s teams will be in pursuit of a single remaining place in the competition due to take place at Tokyo Stadium from 26th to 31st July.
The women’s competition will feature Argentina, Colombia, France, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Samoa and Tunisia.
The men’s tournament will include Chile, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, Samoa, Tonga, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Following the two men’s opening matches, the first of which will see Zimbabwe playing Mexico, fans will be able to follow the subsequent competition which will conclude with two finals for the women and one for the men.
“With Tokyo 2020 less than three months away, the rugby family is looking forward to what promises to be a special sevens tournament that personifies the togetherness, camaraderie and optimism that characterises these remarkable Olympic Games,” World Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin said. “The Monaco repechage is also symbolic in its own way – a reflection and celebration of sevens international re-emergence from the unprecedented challenges that society and sports people have faced.”
Tickets starting from €10 can be purchased now online via the website www.monaco-rugby.com. It will also be possible to buy tickets from 8th to 20th of June at a ticket office at the entrance of the Stade Louis II.
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