The Great Britain men and women sevens teams are set to play in the HSBC Sevens Series and the Olympic Games with a new innovative commercial partner, The National Lottery.
This will give Great Britain the perfect opportunity to build and aim for gold in the sevens series in Tokyo.
Scott Forrest will be leading the women’s team as head coach, he has also led the Scotland Women since 2012. Tony Roques will be leading the men’s team in their quest for gold, bringing his experience assisting the USA Eagles and the England sevens team. James Rodwell and Charlie Hayter complete the Coaching lineup.
RFU Performance Director Conor O’Shea said: “We’re delighted to have secured this partnership with The National Lottery and thank National Lottery players. This is a great opportunity for GB Sevens and vital preparation ahead of next summer’s Olympic Games. We’re very grateful to the individual Unions and their partners for their cooperation, understanding and continued support. We know the current uncertain circumstances mean there will likely be challenges along the way but we’re very much looking forward to developing our plans further.”
Nigel Railton, Chief Executive of National Lottery operator Camelot said: “Every day The National Lottery and its players make a huge difference to communities across the UK – and have been doing so since 1994. This clever partnership demonstrates how by working together we can have a real impact on a sport and boost the chances of gold in Tokyo next summer. The loss of spectators and cancellation of events has had such an impact on various sports I am proud that we are able to support the GB Sevens programme after a difficult year.”
Charlie Hayter said: “I’m delighted with the coaching team that we have in place, which has an exciting blend of skills, experience and personalities. Scott and Tony as the GB Sevens programme head coaches bring dynamism, passion and a wealth of experience to their respective roles. The opportunity we have to inspire Great Britain with rugby sevens on the global stage is one we all look forward to being a part of.”
Edited by: Katrina Andrews