The Rugby Football Union today expressed its disappointment at the decision not to include Rugby Sevens in the London 2012 Olympics.
The International Olympic Membership in Singapore voted to exclude two sports, baseball and softball, but also decided that no new sports would be added to the London Games. Rugby Sevens was on a short-list of five sports for possible inclusion.
RFU Chief Executive Francis Baron said: "The RFU is disappointed that Rugby Sevens has not been included in the 2012 Olympic Games. We believe it would have contributed greatly to the London and subsequent Games and we fully supported the International Rugby Board in their bid.
"However, we respect the decision of the IOC and we will continue to assist the IRB with their efforts to expand Rugby Sevens and the wider sport across the globe."
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.
After a tense opening half hour in Parma, the game turned just before half time as the home team had David Odiete red carded and Gloucester took full advantage, running in three second half tries to secure the bonus point and the victory over Zebre by 32 points to 16.