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ENGLAND SEVENS funding ends.
Discussion started by 1spy , 25 July, 2020 10:19
ENGLAND SEVENS funding ends.
1spy 25 July, 2020 10:19
Report on BBC Sport that the RFU will no longer fund the team. Ex Pirate Phil Burgess said the players will not be offered a contract and told they should go and find another job.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 25/07/2020 10:20 by 1spy.

Re: ENGLAND SEVENS funding ends.
cornishbob 25 July, 2020 12:51
Another self destruct button pressed by the RFU. The way things are going they will fold altogether in the not too distant future. With all due respect to the ladies game surely the 7s is a much better product.

Re: ENGLAND SEVENS funding ends.
*Stalwart 25 July, 2020 13:56
The RFU are a complete shambles.

Re: ENGLAND SEVENS funding ends.
Rich. 25 July, 2020 15:59
7s has been increasingly struggling over the past fews years (crowd numbers etc). A shame to read this news but I think the 15 aside game needs to be prioritized.

Re: ENGLAND SEVENS funding ends.
Surrey Pirate 26 July, 2020 09:22
There have been reports that a Team GB Sevens side could potentially be fielded in future World Sevens series events. Team GB Sevens Discussions Held

Re: ENGLAND SEVENS funding ends.
Jolly Woodhouse 05 August, 2020 15:41
Are other countries doing the same on sevens?
So sorry for Phil Burgess. He has been outstanding for several seasons, and been captain of the team of course. Has scored some memorable tries, including outrunning the whole of the South African fliers in Japan.
As for 15 a side games, looks like the good old days are just fading away

Re: ENGLAND SEVENS funding ends.
Surrey Pirate 06 August, 2020 11:41
Ultimately the RFU has to save a shed load of cash, huge numbers of job loses are also being announced. The RFU have clearly messed up after making a big profit on the 2015 World Cup - that much is unquestionable. Unfortunately though the fact is now they need to budget. If cutting money from Sevens is the wrong move, the money would have to be cut from 15 a side. Where within the 15 aside game would we rather the savings would come from?

Re: ENGLAND SEVENS funding ends.
cornishbob 06 August, 2020 12:33
Surrey Pirate, how about womens rugby.

Re: ENGLAND SEVENS funding ends.
old prop steve 06 August, 2020 14:24
One idea might be to SELL the Twickenham site and its carparks etc to a property developer for housing, retail or whatever.

Forget about all that sentimental old claptrap about 'Billy Williams Cabbage Patch', 'Obolensky's tries' etc and get real. There are two perfectly good stadiums for Internationals and Premiership Finals in Wembley and Old Trafford and it should be noted that both Wales and Ireland SHARE their stadiums with other sports and France, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina and Italy don't have national rugby stadiums and cope perfectly well.

Twickenham stands totally empty - apart from about 12 days a year at most - and even the Varsity match as well as county finals (if they still have them!) could be better played somewhere else like Leicester or The Stoop with lots more atmosphere on the day.

Re: ENGLAND SEVENS funding ends.
*Stalwart 06 August, 2020 20:34
Well said, Steve. That site must be worth a hell of a lot of money.

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