France march into Cup quarters in Paris

Update: 1:20AM France booked their place in the Cup quarter-finals on home soil after 24-12 and 26-14 victories over the USA and Argentina respectively on day two of the HSBC Paris Sevens.

Captain Terry Bouhraoua and Stephen Parez scored in both matches as the hosts picked up where they left off on day one to the delight of the home crowd, and set up a quarter-final with Singapore champions Kenya at Stade Jean Bouin on day three.

Les Bleus’ match with the USA was a rematch of the rugby final at the Olympic Games in Paris, a match won by the USA the last time rugby was in the Games, with rugby returning to the Games after a 92-year absence later this year in Rio.

“Apart of the last three minutes of the match against Argentina, the overall content of the first two days is good for us,” said France head coach Frederic Pomarel. “We are satisified, except for those three minutes, but that’s not too bad because it gives a little hit on everyone’s bottom for tomorrow.”

“There was a lot of concentration and application from the players, and we now must stay focused on our goal which is playing six matches in the tournament. I knew the team was able to do what they did, I also know that for the first time in the season I’ve got the full team on the field.

“We want to keep the continuity now and whether we win or not, I want them to put the same commitment and the same seriousness until the end.”

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