Simpson’s Olympic hopes ended by injury

Date published: July 1 2016

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GB Sevens have suffered a blow after it was confirmed Joe Simpson is no longer in contention for the Olympics after dislocating his elbow.

Simpson will return to Wasps this week after suffering a dislocated elbow in training with GB Sevens. He’ll continue his recovery and preparations with Wasps, with the scrum-half expected to be available for the start of the Premiership season.

Having initially been included in the GB Sevens 27-player wider training squad for the Olympic Games in Rio, Simpson will now be unavailable for selection for the competition.

On Simpson’s injury, Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said: “We’re obviously all really gutted for Joe that injury has put a stop to his chances of representing Great Britain at the Olympic Games. The feedback we have had from Simon Amor and the rest of the GB set up was that Joe was progressing well and pushing hard for a place in the squad and it’s desperately unfortunate that he has picked up an injury that will now rule him out.

“On the flip side of that, we’re all looking forward to having Joe return to Wasps. He is an influential character in this squad and he’ll now be getting his head down to prepare himself for the start of the new season.”

Team GB Sevens head coach Simon Amor added: “It is really disappointing for Joe. In the time he’s been with us, he has shown exciting potential and it is a shame he is unable to continue towards the Olympics because of this unfortunate injury. We all wish him well.”

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