Banquo wrote: Digby wrote:
Banquo wrote:who funds the GB Rugby Teams out of interest?
There's some sort of rescue package in place between the lottery and the WRU, SRU and RFU I think. But it's limited, both amount per athlete, the number of athletes and the support of coaches/physios around them. In essence it's not a full professional setup
but do they get BOC funding too? And where would the revenue come from to fund a full professional setup?
There used to be much more funding from the unions, certainly the RFU. I don't know about the WRU and SRU finances, but I'd guess they've not historically invested beyond what the RFU have done, and the RFU certainly took the hammer to their 7s programme citing the impact of Covid to RFU finances.
And the programme we had prior to Covid didn't have us as an elite nation in 7s, more one of the could do well teams, we might beat a NZ or Fiji on a given day, but odds were we're not going to beat more than one of them on the way to a 1st place, and we might lose to Argentina, Kenya, Oz, USA, Samoa, SA, Canada just as easily as we might sneak a win over Fiji or NZ
Where the money could come from is commercial partners, the lottery/UK Sport and the unions most likely. Right now they're scraping by on a minimum number of contracts that aren't exactly worth a fortune and don't get enough players into a full professional environment. I don't know where they stand on BOC funding, but given they used to get more union funding and I doubt the BOC had piles of cash not allocated such they'd have been able to backfill
That might be all there is and we're going to lapse somewhat in funding and performance.