England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) will cease its sevens program in order to cope with the financial crisis due to COVD-19, based on a story in a Telegraph report..
The decision comes after leading members of the sevens squad were told to find a new job as their funds would be cut. This may stagger their chances of competing in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
The RFU is estimated to lose £107 in revenue as a result of the pandemic and can no longer fund sevens team, according to the story.
Speaking to the Telegraph, an RFU spokesman said, “We have approached UK Sport for funding and are exploring the option for a Team GB sevens team.”
“We are also in dialogue with World Rugby about the programme for the World Sevens Series and when games are likely to be played. With no current support in funding we are not in a position to sustain the team in its current format.”