SRU agrees to save its Sevens team

Stuart Hogg, right, celebrates with Colin Shaw after Scotland defeated Canada at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Stuart Hogg, right, celebrates with Colin Shaw after Scotland defeated Canada at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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The Scottish Rugby Union has confirmed that the Scotland Sevens team has been saved from the axe.

The threat to the team came after Scotland lost the right to host a World Series event after World Rugby, previously the IRB, decided to take Scotland’s leg of the series elsewhere.

The SRU statement read: “The board of Scottish Rugby unanimously confirmed the national Sevens team will continue to compete in the HSBC Sevens World Series.

“The positive recent results by the team, heritage of the game in Scotland and incentive of contributing to a future Team GB Olympic sevens squad means Scottish Rugby will 
continue to support a national Sevens team.

“Discussions will take place with the Sevens team and management following the HSBC Sevens World Series tournament in London [this weekend] to plan the structure of the programme for next season.”

The Sevens team could still go part-time, however, despite World Rugby paying all costs on the Sevens circuit.