Former England captain Sue Day believes the IOC's decision to include sevens in the 2016 Olympics will change the face of women's rugby forever - starting with the forthcoming RBS Six Nations.
In October the International Olympic Committee voted in favour of including rugby and golf in Rio de Janeiro, with 81 members in favour of sevens and just eight against.
Both men’s and women’s sevens will make their Olympic debut in Rio, but Wasps full back Day – who has scored a record 57 tries for England – insists it will be the female form of the game that benefits the most.
The inaugural Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens took place in Dubai last March but Day admits that will be eclipsed by the chance to represent Great Britain on the Olympic stage.
“The incentive for all the youngsters in the game now is massive this represents a big leap forward for the women's game,” said Day, who was part of the England side that lost to Australia in the World Cup quarter final.
“We do have a lower profile than the men's game, but this can only help us showcase what a great sport it is.
"We should be able to attract more women into rugby now. So many people in the women's game have worked so hard year after year and now this happens and it's such a boost."