News24.com | Covid-19 forces Wales to suspend Sevens programme

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News24.com | Covid-19 forces Wales to suspend Sevens programme

Rugby ball (Getty Images)

Rugby ball (Getty Images)

The monetary affect of the coronavirus pandemic has forced the suspension of the Wales men’s Sevens programme “for the forseeable future” the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) announced on Friday.

WRU efficiency director Ryan Jones does not “glance this announcement as the tip of rugby sevens for the WRU within the lengthy length of time”.

Wales obtained the 2009 World Cup however were final within the World Rugby Sevens Sequence table when the pandemic forced the season to a premature quit in March.

Stars of the fifteen-a-facet version of the game equivalent to James Hook, Justin Tipuric and Rhys Webb got here thru the shorter originate programme.

“The international nature of the pandemic and its monetary implications – including the disruption of the World Rugby Sevens Sequence – has rendered the programme unsustainable within the fresh native climate,” learn the WRU assertion.

Jones acknowledged despite the incontrovertible reality that regional rugby had begun – albeit unimaginative closed doors – it was as soon as no longer doubtless sevens would be gearing up for any competitors till April next yr.

On the a number of hand, the extinct Wales skipper acknowledged they would again any gamers who were making an try to fabricate the Group GB squad for next yr’s Olympics in Tokyo.

Scarlets flanker James Davies and Ospreys backrower Sam Infamous obtained Olympic silver medals – they misplaced to Fiji within the final – within the 2016 Games.

“We’re committed to competing in world-class competitors and continuing participant development is an absolute priority for the WRU,” acknowledged Jones.

“So we would be fully supporting our athletes with their Olympic aspirations.

“Having no sevens programme would be a loss to the national sport, and as such I don’t glance this announcement as the tip of rugby sevens for the Welsh Rugby Union within the lengthy length of time.”