England will try to qualify Team GB for the Rugby Sevens tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympics
England have been nominated by the British Unions (The Rugby Football Union, Scottish Rugby Union and Welsh Rugby Union) as the lead nation to attempt to qualify, on behalf of Team GB, for both the men’s and women’s Rugby Sevens competitions at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
For Team GB to qualify in the first qualification phase, the sides would be required to finish in the top four of the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series (men’s) and IRB Women’s Sevens World series (women’s).
Following the release by the IOC and IRB of the 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.
England’s men finished fourth in their World Series behind New Zealand, South Africa and Fiji, while the women’s team also finished fourth, behind New Zealand, Australia and Canada.
Should the England sides not qualify through finishing in the top four in the 2014/15 World series events, qualification for Rio 2016 can be achieved at the 2015 European Regional Championship, and then at a final World Repechage event, which will qualify one final men’s and women’s team.
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.