England 7s Team May Go Amidst RFU Cost Cutting

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8 March 2019

The England Sevens team is facing the axe as part of 'brutal' cost- cutting measures being considered by the Rugby Football Union wrote Gavin Mairs in The Telegraph.

The move comes as Twickenham sources claim the governing body must make deeper than expected savings of up to £10 million in the next financial year because of its troubled financial position.

The cuts will also hit the community game hard, with talks set to be held at Twickenham last week to thrash out how savings of up to £5m can be made to investment in the grass-roots game for the 2019/2020 business plan.

“The cuts are going to be brutal,” said one RFU council source. “The community game is going to bear the brunt of the poor financial management.”

It is understood the squad could be disbanded as early as July, with the RFU hoping to switch permanently to a Team GB model in order to save around £2m a year. The RFU believes savings could be made as the Scottish and Welsh Unions would share in the costs, and it would also attract Olympic funding from UK Sport.

The men’s sevens programme, which includes around 20 players on full-time contracts ranging from around £25,000 up to £90,000 per year, is also at particular risk because it is one of the few areas of professional investment where the RFU can make significant cuts.

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