South African team win 12th Saint Devote Rugby Tournament

South Africa’s U12 rugby stars have won the Saint Devote Rugby Tournament, much to the delight of Princess Charlene, while Monaco did well in securing third place. 

The event, named after the Patron Saint of Monaco, is organised by the Monaco Rugby Federation and the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. Initiated in 2009, it has now become a global phenomenon and an important event on the rugby 7s yearly calendar, showcasing emerging talents from across the globe. 

On 19th and 20th April, the U12 rugby 7s teams from 21 countries gathered at the Stade Louis II, including defending champions the Blue Bulls from South Africa.

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene were cheering the teams on from the grandstand, as was Monaco’s Minister of State Pierre Dartout. 

For the first time, the tournament took place over two days, starting with a ‘Rugby for All’ course offered to children and individuals with disabilities on the Friday.

On Saturday, Monaco won the semi-final against Switzerland, coming in third place, while South Africa successfully defended their winning title. France took out second place. 

Princess Charlene with the kids at the Saint Devote Rugby Tournament 2024. Photo credit: Eric Mathon, Prince’s Palace

“Through this type of tournament, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation has goals that particularly resonate with me: education through sports, the meeting of different cultures, and the promotion of rugby values such as respect, courage, and solidarity,” said rugby legend Antoine Zeghdar, sponsor of this year’s tournament.

A day of water safety with Princess Charlene

Visiting teams were treated to a day in the pool with Princess Charlene for water safety classes and games, much to the delight of the kids. 


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Photo credit: Eric Mathon – Palais Princier