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Published on Jun 13, 2012
Four years earlier in the Antwerp 1920 Olympic Games they had already been the finalists and the United States had taken the gold medal. Now, as the host nation of the Paris 1924 Olympic Games, France was ready to claim its second Olympic gold medal in rugby history.
Against both the French team and a home-crowd of 50,000 spectators, team USA surprised France and with five tries reached a 17-3 final score. The United States had beaten France for the second time at the Olympic Games gold medal match and were now double rugby champions.
The Paris 1924 Olympic Games were the last time rugby was in the Olympic Games as a medal event, with an exhibition competition being held in Berlin 1936.
At the Rio 2016 Olympics, rugby will be re-introduced as an Olympic sport in the Rugby sevens format