MONACO IMPIS will return to the Scottish Borders next Spring – 2024 – to defend their Melrose Sevens title.
The invitational side which represents the Monaco Rugby Federation and the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation in international tournaments emerged victorious last year as the surprise package of the world famous Greenyards event.
The Impis (meaning ‘warriors’ in the Zulu language) provides young Monegasque players an opportunity to improve and learn whilst playing alongside guest teammates and opponents of an international level. Since their first outing in December 2017, the Impis have participated in multiple editions of the Emirates Dubai 7s Tournament in both Invitational categories (International Invitation and International Open).
“Our first participation in the Melrose Sevens was a wonderful adventure, and a true underdog story,” said Gareth Wittstock, who is Princess Charlene of Monaco’s brother, Secretary General of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation and Honorary President of the Monaco Rugby Federation.
“The Impis name stands for resilience, courage and strength through adversity. 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.”
Tournament Director, Phil Morris, commented: “We are thrilled to welcome back Monaco Impi’s, the defending champions of the 1883 Centenary Cup Tournament. Their performance last year was nothing short of exceptional, and we are eager to witness the prowess and tenacity they bring to the field once again. The Melrose Sevens has always been a platform for showcasing the best in sevens rugby and Monaco Impi’s exemplify that spirit.”
More info available at www.melrose7s.co.uk.