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England 7's players are now having to crowdfund to make the Olympics

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It seems utterly ridiculous. But the RFU made all the Sevens players redundant and now they have to work full/part time jobs and are crowdfunding to make The Olympics because the RFU is run by by the worst:

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Exclusive: England sevens players crowdfund to help Olympic preparations after RFU funding cut
England men and women's rugby seven players were made redundant in August

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Kate Rowan
15 September 2020 • 10:59am

England men and women’s rugby sevens players are launching a crowdfunding initiative to help them in their preparation towards the Tokyo Olympics, after they were made redundant by the Rugby Football Union last month.

Unlike the majority of other Olympic sports, rugby sevens does not receive long-term funding from UK Sport. When the RFU made the decision to cut the rugby sevens programmes last month, players lost their only source of funding, causing them to seek alternative sources of revenue to aid their preparations.

Both England men and women qualified to take part in the 2020 Olympics on behalf of Team GB, with Scottish and Welsh players due to join in the build-up as they did for the 2016 Rio Games, when the men won silver and women came fourth. It was expected the bulk of both squads would be made up of English players.

Olympic silver medallist Phil Burgess told Telegraph Sport: “We are using the crowdfunding to help connect with people that support rugby and would like to help out our drive to get to the Olympics.

“If we can get the money to fund our own programme we can be in control or at least help guide our own future.”


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As well as looking to the wider public for support, the England rugby sevens sides are seeking investment from sponsors, the corporate world and high net worth individuals. Players have taken it upon themselves to launch campaigns across social media to make rugby fans aware of their plight.

It is understood to that the England rugby sevens programmes cost the RFU £2million a year to run. The governing body made the decision to cut funding as it faces projected losses of between £73m and £107m for this financial year.

Since being told at the start of August that they would be made redundant and the professional programmes would be scrapped, players have been scrambling for employment in order to support their Olympic dreams while trying to keep in competitive shape.

A large number of the women’s squad have signed with Premier15s sides in order to keep playing rugby, but it is understood clubs are willing to release players so they can take part in a truncated 2021 World Series leading up to Tokyo. These players, however, will not be paid as professionals and many will be balancing full and part-time jobs.

Of the squad of almost 20 men, just four have so far been contracted by Premiership clubs – the most high profile being World Series all-time highest try scorer Dan Norton, who signed a short-term deal with London Irish.

Ben Harris signed with Saracens on an academy deal, before scoring on his Premiership debut against Gloucester last month. Will Muir followed in the footsteps of Premiership wing Ruaridh McConnochie - who started his career in sevens - in signing for Bath. Charlton Kerr also signed for London Irish but sustained an injury, taking him out of contention to play in the Premiership.

Follow the England rugby sevens squads’ journey to Tokyo on Twitter @Engrugby7s
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eldanielfire wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:00 pm It seems utterly ridiculous. But the RFU made all the Sevens players redundant and now they have to work full/part time jobs and are crowdfunding to make The Olympics because the RFU is run by by the worst
There's this global pandemic thingie. I hear many millions of people all over the world have lost their jobs. The RFU are going to lose at least £50million. Cuts have to be made
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Anonymous 1 wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:34 pm
eldanielfire wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:00 pm It seems utterly ridiculous. But the RFU made all the Sevens players redundant and now they have to work full/part time jobs and are crowdfunding to make The Olympics because the RFU is run by by the worst
There's this global pandemic thingie. I hear many millions of people all over the world have lost their jobs. The RFU are going to lose at least £50million. Cuts have to be made
There are many things the RFU could cut, cutting the entire Sevens budget is one of their worst choices when the top brass executive expenses and lunches are not being cut.
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eldanielfire wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:01 pm
Anonymous 1 wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:34 pm
eldanielfire wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:00 pm It seems utterly ridiculous. But the RFU made all the Sevens players redundant and now they have to work full/part time jobs and are crowdfunding to make The Olympics because the RFU is run by by the worst
There's this global pandemic thingie. I hear many millions of people all over the world have lost their jobs. The RFU are going to lose at least £50million. Cuts have to be made
There are many things the RFU could cut, cutting the entire Sevens budget is one of their worst choices when the top brass executive expenses and lunches are not being cut.
How do you know that? Or even what they are?
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Gavin Duffy wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:07 pm
eldanielfire wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:01 pm
Anonymous 1 wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:34 pm
eldanielfire wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:00 pm It seems utterly ridiculous. But the RFU made all the Sevens players redundant and now they have to work full/part time jobs and are crowdfunding to make The Olympics because the RFU is run by by the worst
There's this global pandemic thingie. I hear many millions of people all over the world have lost their jobs. The RFU are going to lose at least £50million. Cuts have to be made
There are many things the RFU could cut, cutting the entire Sevens budget is one of their worst choices when the top brass executive expenses and lunches are not being cut.
How do you know that? Or even what they are?
I'd like to know that as well. They did more than a 25% pay cut in March. If there is a topic on PR slagging off the RFU it's more than likely been started by EDF
RFU bosses to take pay cut of more than 25 per cent because of coronavirus
UK & international sports | Published: Mar 25, 2020
https://www.expressandstar.com/sport/uk ... ronavirus/
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There is a less than 50% probability of the Olympics being staged.
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Yeah I mean if you are going to bin one part of the organisation that isn’t making money, and you can’t pick the women’s game for political reasons, sevens is the obvious decision.
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Anonymous 1 wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:27 pm
Gavin Duffy wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:07 pm
eldanielfire wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:01 pm
Anonymous 1 wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:34 pm
eldanielfire wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:00 pm It seems utterly ridiculous. But the RFU made all the Sevens players redundant and now they have to work full/part time jobs and are crowdfunding to make The Olympics because the RFU is run by by the worst
There's this global pandemic thingie. I hear many millions of people all over the world have lost their jobs. The RFU are going to lose at least £50million. Cuts have to be made
There are many things the RFU could cut, cutting the entire Sevens budget is one of their worst choices when the top brass executive expenses and lunches are not being cut.
How do you know that? Or even what they are?
I'd like to know that as well. They did more than a 25% pay cut in March. If there is a topic on PR slagging off the RFU it's more than likely been started by EDF
RFU bosses to take pay cut of more than 25 per cent because of coronavirus
UK & international sports | Published: Mar 25, 2020
https://www.expressandstar.com/sport/uk ... ronavirus/
That's true, but did they touch the RFUs council members entitlements to get flown, put up and receive tickets to every England 6N game?
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Why aren't they funded by UK Sport? Will the Scottish and Welsh players be paid by their unions?
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Zakar wrote: Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:37 am
Anonymous 1 wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:27 pm
Gavin Duffy wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:07 pm
eldanielfire wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:01 pm
Anonymous 1 wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:34 pm

There's this global pandemic thingie. I hear many millions of people all over the world have lost their jobs. The RFU are going to lose at least £50million. Cuts have to be made
There are many things the RFU could cut, cutting the entire Sevens budget is one of their worst choices when the top brass executive expenses and lunches are not being cut.
How do you know that? Or even what they are?
I'd like to know that as well. They did more than a 25% pay cut in March. If there is a topic on PR slagging off the RFU it's more than likely been started by EDF
RFU bosses to take pay cut of more than 25 per cent because of coronavirus
UK & international sports | Published: Mar 25, 2020
https://www.expressandstar.com/sport/uk ... ronavirus/
That's true, but did they touch the RFUs council members entitlements to get flown, put up and receive tickets to every England 6N game?
I believe the people who run the RFU have been trying to cut their benefits for a couple of years. I don't think they can easily do so without the council members approval (I may well be wrong).
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The RFU have had to make cuts all over the place, like a lot of business they had a major drop in revenue.

Whilst cutting the 7s is rubbish, the bigger issue is the major cut is support for grass root rugby which will have a much longer impact long term. But as someone has pointed out they will make £50M loss this year..
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English 7s, now joining other great national unions, like the Americans, that have told their national teams they're required to fund themselves. :lol:
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Kiwias wrote: Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:56 am There is a less than 50% probability of the Olympics being staged.
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England? At the Olympics? Right.
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rett wrote: Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:14 pm England? At the Olympics? Right.
England players in the team, dude. I asked yhe question whether the other unions will be paying their players. If not why isn't Sport UK funding the thing?
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