Rugby: Sainte Dévote Tournament set to return, bigger and better than ever

The Monegasque Rugby Federation is organising the Sainte Dévote Tournament later this month at the Stade Louis II and this time the youth international sporting event will take place over two days. 

The Sainte Dévote Tournament is the benchmark Rugby Sevens event for young rugby players under the age of 12. It bears the name of the Patron Saint of the Principality, and this year the 12th edition has been expanded to take place over two days, from 19th to 20th April at the Stade Louis II. 

Backed by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, the prestigious international competition will bring together 24 teams from 21 different countries. The Blue Bulls of South Africa will come to defend their title in Monaco against familiar countries including Mauritius, the United States, France, India, the Ivory Coast and Jamaica.

Beyond the sporting aspect, the tournament aims to promote the notions of generosity, solidarity and respect.

Antoine Zeghdar sponsor of the 2024 edition

This year, French Rugby Sevens international star Antoine Zeghdar is sponsoring the tournament. Last March, the Monaco native won the Los Angeles World Tour tournament with the Blues before taking out Hong Kong a few weeks later.

“I am very honoured to be the sponsor of the Sainte Dévote 2024 Tournament,” said Antoine Zeghdar in a statement shared by the Monegasque Rugby Federation, “this international competition for young people is a beautiful moment of rugby in which I participated for a long time as a volunteer and which allowed me to meet great players.” 

Highlight: the Olympic Qualification Tournament

The Sainte Dévote Tournament will be marked by the draw of the Olympic Rugby Sevens qualifying tournament which will take place from 21st to 23rd June at the Stade Louis II. Here, 24 men and women’s teams will discover their future opponents for the Paris 2024 Games. Several personalities will be present including the Vice-President of World Rugby John Jeffrey alongside Antoine Zeghdar. 


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Photo of the 2023 Sainte Dévote Tournament, credit Eric Mathon, Prince’s Palace