Gloucester Rugby's Simon Amor was keeping his fingers crossed for the inclusion of rugby sevens becoming part of London's 2012 Olympic event this weekend.
Following London's success this week in hosting the 2012 Olympic Games, the IRB has stepped up its work to lobby for the inclusion of Rugby Sevens in the Games.
Rugby sevens has a strong chance of being included in the 2012 Games in London after baseball and softball were voted out as Olympic sports.
Two replacement sports will be decided on Saturday by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Singapore.
First of all the IOC's executive board will look at five contenders - rugby sevens, karate, golf, squash and roller hockey - before deciding which of these will be voted on.
Baseball and softball were excluded from the Games in a historic vote by IOC members - the first time an Olympic sport has been kicked out since polo lost its place in 1936.
They had been due to be played in Regents Park in two temporary stadia seating 5,000 and 15,000 spectators.
The decision to exclude baseball and softball should save London 2012 around £50million as none of the other possible replacements would have the same cost implications.
Rugby would be played at either the Olympic Stadium in the first week of the Games or at Twickenham, karate would be in the ExCel arena, roller sports - which is speed-skating not roller hockey - in the velodrome, and golf could be catered for at a number of venues.
Only squash would require capital outlay for facilities in the form of a small purpose-built arena in the Olympic Park.
Meanwhile, the IOC have agreed to allow the relocation of the equestrian events from Beijing to Hong Kong for the 2008 Olympic Games. The move follows fears about equine disease in the Beijing area.
Commenting this week, Amor, who is captain of the England Sevens team and played in the 2002 Commonwealth Games, said: "It would be fantastic for rugby in general. Sevens has made huge leaps and bounds over the last few years in developing rugby as a global sport.
"It is hugely exciting to think about the likes of North and South America and the Eastern European countries putting funds and resources into rugby.
"Its successful inclusion in two Commonwealth Games has shown that sevens can be integrated into a major tournament. For any athlete, playing in the Olympic Games would be the pinnacle of their sporting career and everyone involved in Sevens will be keeping their fingers crossed."
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