Great Britain national rugby sevens team
The Great Britain national rugby sevens team is the men's Olympic representative team of Great Britain at the rugby sevens tournament at the Summer Olympic Games. After having played at the World Games in 2001 and 2005, they made their Olympic debut at the 2016 Summer Olympics, where they won the silver medal, losing the final to Fiji.
|Union||British Olympic Association|
| Australia 21–0 Great Britain |
(25 August 2001)
| Great Britain 43–0 Poland |
(9 July 2016)
| South Africa 52–0 Great Britain |
(23 June 2005)
|2016 Rio de Janeiro||Team|
When rugby sevens was admitted to the Summer Olympics in 2009, it was not initially known how Great Britain could qualify. As England, Wales and Scotland; three of the nations that make up Great Britain all compete separately in international competition, it was suggested that if any of them gained a qualifying spot then Great Britain would qualify. However, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Rugby Board (IRB), stated that Great Britain must select a lead nation to be the only one able to gain the qualification spot. The individual British rugby unions selected England to be the lead nation as the Rugby Football Union was the only British union to fund a full-time rugby sevens programme. England secured Great Britain's qualification to the 2016 Summer Olympics by finishing fourth in the 2015 Sevens World Series.
While England was the team that qualified Great Britain for the Olympics, the Great Britain national rugby sevens team is able to select players from Wales and Scotland as well as England similar to the British and Irish Lions in rugby union. Northern Irish players according to the British Olympic Association's rules as British citizens would have been eligible to play for Great Britain; however the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) demanded that they only play for the Ireland national rugby sevens team as rugby in Ireland is organised on an All-Ireland basis. However, it was stated that Northern Irish and Ulster contracted players could legally challenge that determination, particularly if Ireland failed to qualify.
|World Games Rugby 7s|
|2009||Did not participate|
Summer Olympic GamesEdit
A silver medal for Great Britain in the 2016 Olympics is a considerable achievement for a team that was only formed ten weeks prior the tournament. Where other teams on the sevens circuit had been preparing two years or longer, Team Great Britain coach Amor only got his players together for the first time on May 30. England, Wales and Scotland all compete as separate nations in the World Sevens Series.
2016 Olympic teamEdit
The following is the Great Britain roster in the men's rugby sevens tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Head coach: Simon Amor
|No.||Pos.||Player||Country||Date of birth (age)||Events||Points||Union|
|1||FW||Mark Robertson||Scotland||30 December 1984 (aged 31)||47||426||Unattached|
|2||BK||Ruaridh McConnochie||England||23 October 1991 (aged 24)||9||45||Unattached|
|3||FW||Phil Burgess||England||1 July 1988 (aged 28)||22||212||Unattached|
|4||BK||Dan Norton||England||22 March 1988 (aged 28)||57||1,064||Unattached|
|5||FW||James Rodwell||England||23 August 1984 (aged 31)||69||445||Unattached|
|6||BK||Tom Mitchell (c)||England||22 July 1989 (aged 27)||34||897||Harlequins|
|7||BK||Dan Bibby||England||6 February 1991 (aged 25)||25||321||Unattached|
|8||FW||James Davies||Wales||25 October 1990 (aged 25)||14||180||Scarlets|
|9||BK||Ollie Lindsay-Hague||England||8 October 1990 (aged 25)||15||110||Harlequins|
|10||FW||Sam Cross||Wales||26 August 1992 (aged 23)||27||170||Newport|
|11||BK||Marcus Watson||England||27 June 1991 (aged 25)||32||424||Newcastle Falcons|
|12||BK||Mark Bennett||Scotland||3 February 1993 (aged 23)||2||35||Glasgow Warriors|
2020 Olympic teamEdit
Great Britain, having qualified for the 2020 sevens event, will have, again, have a team that could consist of players from England, Scotland and Wales. The team for 2020 has yet to be announced. Simon Amor will be returning as coach for 2020.
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