Equal pay for men and women in GB Olympic sevens squads

Men and women in the British squads for the Olympic rugby sevens tournament in Tokyo this summer will be paid equally.

Rhona Lloyd is one of six Scotland internationals picked in Scott Forrest's GB Olympic training squad. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS
Rhona Lloyd is one of six Scotland internationals picked in Scott Forrest's GB Olympic training squad. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Scotland is well represented in the initial GB training squads, with six players each in the women’s and men’s selections which are also drawn from England and Wales.

GB sevens team leader Charlie Hayter said: “Naming the two squads is a significant milestone for the GB7s programme. The collaboration across all three unions and their respective partners has been brilliant to get us to this stage in a short amount of time. I would also like to thank the clubs for their support in allowing players to follow their short-term ambitions of competing at an Olympic Games.

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“We’re delighted to be able to confirm an equal pay structure up to the Olympics, and are, of course, grateful to the National Lottery for their fantastic support.

“While we are extremely pleased to be able to confirm our squads, the door is not closed for any player and we will continue to monitor all players’ progress over the coming months.”

Megan Gaffney, Rhona Lloyd, Helen Nelson, Chloe Rollie, Hannah Smith and Lisa Thomson have been picked for the 19-player women’s squad which will be coached by Scott Forrest. All six are full Scotland internationals.

The 21-player men’s squad features Scots Alec Coombes, Jamie Farndale, Robbie Fergusson, Paddy Kelly, Ross McCann and Max McFarland.

Both teams will be based at Loughborough University with their first camps set to take place in March ahead of their pre-Olympic tournaments.

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