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England nominated as lead nation for Team GB ahead of Rio 2016

11 July 2014

  • England to qualify on behalf of home nations for Olympic Sevens
  • Team must finish in top four of world series
England Sevens forward James Rodwell

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England have been nominated by the British Unions as the lead nation to qualify on behalf of Team GB for both the men's and women’s sevens competitions in the first route to qualification for Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

For Team GB to qualify at the first opportunity, England – on the behalf of The Rugby Football Union, Scottish Rugby Union and Welsh Rugby Union – would be required to finish in the top four of this season's IRB Sevens World series.

Following the release of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Rugby Board (IRB) Olympic qualification systems the British Unions had previously agreed that the team who finished highest in the 2013/14 season would be the nominated lead for this season.

Should the England sides not qualify via this season's IRB Sevens World series, qualification for Rio 2016 Olympic Games can be achieved at the 2015 IRB Regional Championships and a final World Repechage.

A GB Sevens Company is in the process of being formed and will be put forward to the British Olympic Association (BOA) for recognition as the National Governing Body (NGB) in the near future.

Rugby Sevens will make its Olympic debut at the Rio 2016 Games.