Great Britain Sevens will compete in a series of international tournaments in the build up to their Rio 2016 Olympics tilts.
The men’s programme will include the Rugby Europe Sevens Series events in Moscow (4-5 June), Exeter (9-10 July) and Gdynia (16-17 July) as well as Sevens and the City at Allianz Park (2 July). Two GB teams will enter each event and in Rugby Europe they will take the place of England and Wales.
The women will compete in the Rugby Europe Event in Kazan (11-12 June), entering two teams, and an invitational tournament in Tignes (14-16 July) as they look to build further on the experience of GB Select playing in Dubai, Las Vegas and Vancouver where they finished first, second and third respectively.
Men’s Head Coach Simon Amor and Assistant Coach Gareth Williams will name their wider training squad at the start of May with the final 12 for both the men and women then announced mid-July. Women’s Head Coach Simon Middleton will continue to work alongside Assistant Coach Richie Pugh with the squad of 24, including two Welsh players and one Scottish, which has been training together since October.
Team GB Sevens Head Coach (Men) Simon Amor said: “It is a condensed programme as a result of a number of unique challenges but everyone involved is determined to give it everything for Team GB to be successful in Rio. Being able to enter two GB Teams in all competitions allows us to test different combinations and confirm which 15s players can make the physical, mental and game understanding transition.
"By the time we have played at our home tournament in Exeter, we will have a good understanding of which players are really putting their hands up. I’ve been looking closely both at sevens specialists from across the three unions and a number of 15-a-side players throughout the season and know the balance we need in the squad.