08 July 2020

Great Britain sevens player Heather Fisher looking for other jobs amid contract uncertainty with RFU

Great Britain sevens rugby player Heather Fisher has said she is looking for other jobs due to the uncertainty surrounding her contract with the Rugby Football Union.

The governing body are making financial cuts after they lost revenue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. It is yet to be seen if the sevens’ central contracts will be affected.

Fisher told The Telegraph: “I’m now having to try and find jobs to help towards those Olympics Games because we don’t know the security of the RFU. That’s really difficult. As a player, you’ve got to survive.

“Where do you go as a female athlete? If you’re in a sport where, financially it pays, you can probably have those conversations with your coach, opt out and come back next season. That doesn’t quite work in a team sport.”

She was planning to retire after the Olympics this summer but as a result of the pandemic the Games have been pushed back a year.

But despite the setback she has said she is aiming to play in the tournament next summer.

“I can’t finish on Covid-19. Covid feels like it’s got such a negative vibe to it, so if anyone’s going to pull through Covid, it will be athletes, because they’re the most robust people I know.

“It probably wouldn’t sit right if I didn’t fulfil a second Olympics when I know I’m capable of it. If my body and my mind is healthy, I’d always regret not going for it.”

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