No quota set for GB Sevens squad selection for Rio Olympics - Simon Amor

England head coach Simon Amor will not consider quotas when selecting the GB Rugby Sevens squad for Rio
England head coach Simon Amor will not consider quotas when selecting the GB Rugby Sevens squad for Rio
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Head coach of GB Sevens Simon Amor insisted that he will not set any quota for the selection of squad for the upcoming Olympics.

Armor is set to name the final 12-man squad from the preliminary 24-man squad on 19th July. Even though the squad for British and Lions tour is selected on a nation basis, Armor is firm on his decision that the players performing well in the training will be rewarded with the opportunity to represent in the Olympics.

"There has been no quota set," said Amor of the impending Team GB selection.

"As soon as I got the job I committed 100 per cent to sending the very best team we could possibly to the Olympics.

"That meant making some tough calls for resting and recovering the England guys, knowing we needed a squad of at least 24 going in.

"But now it's about that blend and that balance, and that's what we're trying to do in training, seeing who works well together.

"So it may not be the best individual players, it may be who works best with that particular player.

"So nothing to do with quotas, we'll send what we think is the best squad."

The 24-man squad was split into GB Lions and GB Royals to have a broader look at the players in contention for the mega event in Brazil.

On Saturday, GB Lions led by Luke Treharne defeated Tom Mitchell captained GB Royals team in the final of the Sevens and the City at the Allianz Park on Saturday. Amor lauded the performance of both the teams leading to the final squad selection.

"The players would not have it any other way than simply us selecting the players we think will make the best possible squad," said Amor.

"They've worked so hard, they've bonded really well and they've given everything. It's the only way it can be.

"The teams that are very, very good, the teams that are great in Sevens, it's the teams that have an unbelievable team spirit and fight hard for each other.

"Sevens is pushing yourself to dark places, it's people absolutely exhausted and falling over.

"It's that level, then there's the level above, where the guys who will do even more because of the group they're working with."

Great Britain are grouped in the same pool as New Zealand, Kenya and Japan in the Rio Olympics.