Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Colombes Olympic Stadium, Colombes
Date Started: May 4, 1924
Date Finished: May 18, 1924
Format: Round-robin tournament.
The defending Olympic champion was the United States, who had defeated France in 1920 at Antwerp. There were three teams entered in 1924, France, Romania, and the USA. With the tournament in Paris, France looked to exact revenge on the Americans. France opened the tournament by crushing Romania, 61-3. One week later, the United States defeated Romania, 37-0, setting up the re-match against France a week hence. The 40,000 spectators were unruly and rained abuse on American fans and the players. But the match was not close, the United States winning 17-3, with six different players scoring. Rugby football has not since been included on the Olympic Program, although there have been some recent efforts to get a smaller form of the sport, rugby sevens, into the Olympics.