Ireland secures spot at Tokyo in men’s rugby sevens


MONACO — Ireland secured its place at the Tokyo Olympics with a 28-19 win against France in the men’s rugby sevens qualifier final on Sunday.

Ireland trailed France 12-7 at halftime but rallied with a pair of second-half tries from Jordan Conroy.

France routed Samoa 31-0 in the semifinals at Monaco’s Stade Louis II, and Ireland beat Hong Kong 28-5.

In the women’s edition, France was the 51-0 runaway winner against Hong Kong. Russia thrashed Kazakhstan 38-0 in the other qualifier final to secure its Olympic debut.

The men’s rugby sevens tournament kicks off on July 26 and will be followed by the women’s competition.

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