“Men’s and Women’s teams are unable to compete in the HSBC Canada Sevens“, said the French Rugby Federation in a press release. Once again, the Covid is disrupting the season of the Tricolores. But this time, it is a problem between the French and Canadian legislation which is at the origin blue side disturbances. Indeed, they do not adopt the same conditions of a complete vaccination schedule, too “it is made impossible for some of the players and staff to enter Canadian national territory without being subject to a period of quarantine. “In France, a person recovered from Covid only needs one dose to have a complete vaccination schedule. He then has to wait six months to have a second dose.
In Canada, one dose is not enough for someone who has had Covid. “Two doses of vaccines are mandatory to be exempt from quarantine“. However, no period of quarantine is within the framework of the organization of the tournament making this alternative hypothesis impossible. Faced with this situation, and despite discussions, it was therefore decided that the French teams will not go to Canada for the stages of Vancouver and Edmonton as part of the World Rugby Sevens Series. A blow for the Tricolores since the season had already been particularly shortened. The Cape Town tournament was canceled as was the Hamilton and Sydney tournament. Without forgetting the legendary Hong Kong Sevens and the Singapore Sevens. We should find the French team on the side of Dubai in the coming weeks during a double stage. As a reminder, the players of France 7 were silver medalists in Japan.