Jason Robinson would have been the ultimate 7s star!

Tap and Go talks to England 7s legend Ben Gollings about life down under, sevens circuit secrets and tall tour tales

Ben, how’s life treating you in Australia? What are the biggest advantages to playing rugby Down Under? Apart from just the weather, of course!
Life’s treating me well I enjoy everything out there. I have my own business now which is somehting different outside of rugby. Rugby side of things, it’s a bit different to the uk but it’s enjoyable attacking rugby. All in all it’s been a great experience so far.

How important is Sevens in the development of young players?
It’s massively important. I think it’s one of the best places to develop. You get put into a pressurised environment, if you make a mistake it usually ends up with points being scored against you. You also get lots of exposure in terms of playing because you’re touching the ball 100% more then you would in a 15s team.

What’s your favourite Sevens tournament and why?
I think it has to be Hong Kong because it’s still regarded as the biggest and the most glamarous to be involed in. England always get greeat support.

Your toughest sevens opponent and why?
It’s Samoa because we’ve had some crazy games against them and they’ve always been won or lost in the last minute - plus they are useually the most important matches.

If you could pick any Englishman to play for the sevens squad, who would it be?
I would love to have seen Jason Robinson on a sevens field. I think he would have been unstoppable.

You’re the ‘seasoned professional’ in the England Sevens team now. What’s the best piece of advice you give to up and coming young players?
To go there, enjoy yourself and express yourself. You get to do things on a sevens pitch that you don’t normally get to do.

How do you rate England’s chances at next year’s Sevens World Cup?
I think at this stage we have quite a high chance.

Any plans to return to England to finish your playing career?
If the opportunity arrises then certainly and if it was something that suited me and my family then i’d have no problems with coming back. I would love to finish off back where I started.

The book you are reading at the moment.
The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer by Philip Carlo

Last film you watched.
Step Brothers

Three people you’d invite to dinner and why?
My wife and my two children because I don’t get to see them when I’m travelling.

Can you tell us the best tour wind-up you’ve ever experienced, seen or heard.
The best was on James Brooks, coming back from South Africa one year. We stole his passport and Joe Lydon was also involved and said that he would have to stay in Johannesburg on his own and wait until a new one came before he could leave. We even went as far as security before we gave in and had to return it.

Remind us never to go on holiday with you! Cheers Ben.
No worries.

Ben Gollings is a member of the England Rugby Sevens Squad, sponsored by Emirates Airlines.