Monaco Impis to defend Melrose Sevens Rugby title in Scotland

The Monaco Impis are out to prove that their 2023 Melrose Sevens Cup win was more than just beginner’s luck as they head to Scotland to defend their title.  

At the end of next week, Monaco’s Rugby Sevens team, the Impis, will be travelling to The Greenyards for the annual Melrose Sevens tournament that is scheduled to take place between 11th to 13th April. 

After their stunning inaugural performance at last year’s event, where they were crowned winners, and their more recent win at the 2023 Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, the Impis will be looking to replicate their success again at this intensive tournament once again.   

See more: Photos: Prince Albert celebrates as Monaco Impis are crowned victors of the Dubai Sevens

A single defeat means elimination at the Melrose Sevens and the Impis will have to be on top form to repeat their 2023 win. 

They will be supported at the event by General Secretary Gareth Wittstock, who recently shared his thoughts on the upcoming tournament with 

“The Impis name stands for resilience, courage and strength through adversity,” said Wittstock. “We were proud to showcase that last year and to be rewarded with such a meaningful trophy. We are extremely delighted to come back to Scotland in 2024. We know that we will be the team to beat, and that the trophy will be even harder to win now, but rest assured of one thing: we will defend our title with honour and determination.” 


The team is a true melting pot, made up of two players from AS Monaco Rugby, Augustin Slowik and Loic Legal, along with three players from the Monegasque national team, Dorian Danthez, Tristan Nardi and Hugo Bartnik. The side is then completed by players from France, South Africa, Scotland and Jamaica.  

Prior to the start of the tournament, which is the world’s oldest Sevens event, having been founded in 1883, the Impis team and their support staff will take part in a series of anti-drowning workshops organised in conjunction with the Princess Charlene Foundation. The Impis famously sport the colours of the Princess’ foundation on their kit. 


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