England, Scotland and Wales men’s and women’s 7s teams are expected to combine into a unified Great Britain team as a long-term result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Times a British daily national newspaper based in London, reports presentations were made to the board of UK Sport on Friday to press the case for funding the GB teams.
England, Scotland and Wales last merged during the Olympics but all field separate men’s teams on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
The previous talks to have the sides merged happened in 2017 but an agreement was not reached. The Times reports that “Covid has been a catalyst” according to the chief executive of the RFU Bill Sweeney.
In the last Olympics, the Great Britain side finished second after falling to Fiji. Of the sides England have been the top performers finishing second in 2017, fifth in 2018 and 2019 World 7s. They are currently placed fifth with 77 points.
Scotland are placed 11th with 37 points while Wales are relegation threaten for another season in a row.