England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) will abandon its Sevens program while trying to cope with the financial impact of COVID-19, the Telegraph newspaper reported.
The news comes when the RFU is projected to lose £ 107 million in revenue as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The RFU told players this week that their contracts would not be renewed at the end of the month. The decision is a blow to England 7’s players who hoped to compete in the 2021 Japan Olympics.
According to the report, the RFU said they can no longer support the team of sevens given the current weather. The England team of seven is not funded by UK Sport.
An RFU spokesperson told the Telegraph: “We have approached UK Sport for funding and are exploring the option for a team from the GB sevens team.”
“We are also in dialogue with World Rugby about the Sevens World Series schedule and when matches are likely to be played. Without current funding support, we are not in a position to keep the team in its current format. “
The England Sevens team has enjoyed consistent success for the past 3 years. England ended their 2018/19 campaign by securing the Olympic qualification on behalf of Great Britain.
New Zealand was awarded the Sevens Series this year as it ended prematurely due to the pandemic.