Great Britain have announced their squad that will feature in the opening rounds of the World 7s Series scheduled for Dubai at the Sevens Stadium.
Robbie Fergusson will captain the side that has the likes of Tom Bowen, Max McFarland, Luke Treharne, Jamie Farnadale, Alex Davis and Will Trenholm.
Tom Williams, Freddie Roddick, Ross McCain, Paddy Kelly, and Jamie Barden have also been included in the squad. Great Britain who finished second in the shortened 2021 World 7s series will be hoping to carry the form in the 2022 series.
Great Britain will compete in the opening two tournaments, England, Scotland and Wales will then compete individually after Dubai.
To take account of this factor and in acknowledgment that not all teams may be able to compete in all events due to the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic, a unique Series points scoring system has been introduced for the 2022 Series in the interests of fairness. The system sees the best seven men’s results and four women’s results for each team contribute to their final Series standings. The number of contributing results will increase should a replacement event for Hong Kong be added.
The 16 men’s core teams after the Dubai events are Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, USA and Wales.
The 11 core women’s teams after the Dubai events are Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Russia, Spain and USA.
Two men’s and one women’s teams will be relegated from the 2022 Series, to ensure a pathway for teams to be promoted from the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series.