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France wins first-ever Olympic rugby sevens match

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France made history, becoming the first nation to win an Olympic women’s rugby sevens match by defeating Spain, 24-7, on Saturday.

Rugby had not been played at the Olympics since 1924, when men contested the 15-a-side version of the sport. Women had never played rugby at the Olympics.

Camille Grassineau of France scored the first try in the history of Olympic women’s rugby sevens about two-and-a-half minutes into the match. Lina Guerin scored the second try of the match to send France into halftime leading 12-0.

Patricia Garcia scored the first and only try of the match for Spain in the second half, but France scored two more tries after halftime to comfortably win the match. 

France returns to the pitch today at 3:00 p.m. against Kenya, followed by Spain vs. New Zealand at 3:30 p.m. ET. 


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