Team GB fail to agree insurance package to release Premiership players for Olympic qualification tournament as their hopes of reaching Paris are dealt major blow

  • Great Britain had sounded out the likes of Adam Radwan and Will Muir to feature
  • They are outsiders to qualify and will compete for the final place this weekend
  • France have secured Antoine Dupont while Michael Hooper will play for Australia

Team GB’s hopes of qualifying for the rugby sevens tournament at this summer’s Olympic Games have been dealt a blow after failing to agree an insurance package for the release of Premiership players.

France have bolstered their squad with XVs superstar Antoine Dupont and Australia have signed up former Wallabies captain Michael Hooper to boost their chances of winning gold in Paris.

Great Britain sounded out the likes of Newcastle winger Adam Radwan and Bath’s Will Muir but they have not been able to secure release packages ahead of this weekend’s make-or-break repechage tournament in Monaco.

England are outsiders to qualify for the Olympics after failing to make the initial cut – and the lack of collaboration with the XVs game will damage their chances of beating the likes of South Africa this weekend for the final place in Paris.

The heightened speed and intensity of the sevens game leaves XVs players vulnerable to muscular injuries which could impact their availability for the start of the new season.

Team GB have failed to agree an insurance package to release Premiership players for Olympic qualification tournament

France have secured XVs superstar Antoine Dupont (pictured), while Australia have signed up former Wallabies captain Michael Hooper

France have secured XVs superstar Antoine Dupont (pictured), while Australia have signed up former Wallabies captain Michael Hooper

Newcastle coach Steve Diamond told Mail Sport that he would be happy to release Adam Radwan if paperwork was sorted

Newcastle coach Steve Diamond told Mail Sport that he would be happy to release Adam Radwan if paperwork was sorted

Speaking to Mail Sport in April, Radwan’s Newcastle coach Steve Diamond told Mail Sport that he would be happy to release the star winger as long as the paperwork was sorted, which now appears unlikely.

‘It would be great for Adam and the club if he got selected,’ said Diamond. ‘There’s a training camp at the end of the season and as long as the insurance protocols are covered then he can go with our blessing. It doesn’t matter if he misses a couple of games.’

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