New Zealand finally won their first Olympic gold medal after defeating France in the final. The Black Ferns showed class as they dominated the match by taking 19-5 in the first half, before claiming a deserving 29-12 victory.

France bagged their first Olympic silver medal in rugby for finishing second in Tokyo. New Zealand won silver at Rio Olympic 2016 after losing to Australia in the final.

Fiji took home the bronze medal, which is also their first Olympic medal in women rugby. The Fijiana beat Great Britain 21-12 in the third placing match. Great Britain threw everything in the second half, but Fiji were simply at their best.

France were through into the final after defeating Great Britain 26-19 in the last four. New Zealand had a tough semifinal clash as they were forced to play in sudden death extra-time. They were tied 17-17 with Fiji at full time until Gayle Broughton scored the winner.


Gold Medal Match (Final)
New Zealand 26 – France 12

Bronze Medal Match
Fiji 21 – Great Britain 12

New Zealand 22 – Fiji 17
Great Britain 19 – France 26

5-6 Placings
Australia 17 – USA 7

7-8 Placings
ROC 10 – China 22

9-10 Placings
Canada 24 – Kenya 10

11-12 Placings
Brazil 21 – Japan 12

Photo: Mike Lee-KLC / World Rugby