RFU Touchline Magazine – August 2016 Edition
Your August Touchline celebrates Team GB men’s silver medal in Rio, when despite scant preparation time they secured memorable victories over Kenya, Japan, New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa, before meeting the unstoppable Fijians in the final.
This edition also takes a look at the new ground-breaking agreement between the RFU and Premiership Rugby Ltd and the awarding of contracts to England Women's 15-a-side players for the first time.
Silver for Team GB Men
After a determined campaign Team GB men finished rugby sevens’ first ever Olympic Games with a silver medal in Rio.
Team GB battled their way through and saw off South Africa 7-5 in the semis before falling to Fiji in the final. Re-live the reaction from their silver medal moment.
RFU & PRL Agreement
The Rugby Football Union and Premiership Rugby Ltd have agreed a progressive new partnership for the next eight years until July 2024.
See how the RFU and the clubs will benefit and how it will ensure they continue to grow together on and off the pitch.
England Women's Contracts
Professional 15s player contracts will be awarded for the first time as part of England Rugby’s on-going commitment to the professionalisation of women’s rugby.
48 players will be awarded 15-a-side contracts as the squad builds towards retaining the Women's Rugby World Cup.