England star Haskell chasing Olympic dream


England star James Haskell might not be the most obvious rugby sevens convert, but he would relish the opportunity to represent Great Britain at the Olympics.

The 31-year-old Wasps captain has become the latest of British stars declaring their interest in playing at the Rio Games in August, with George North, Danny Cipriani and Christian Wade all having stated their intent.

Haskell - a 67-cap England international - admits he is unsure if he is up to the demands of the sevens game, but said he would never turn down the opportunity to represent his country.

"It would be unbelievable to play at the Olympics and an incredible dream," Haskell said.

"Listen, if Simon Amor ever picks up the phone and calls I would say 'yeah'.

"Whether I would be in any shape to play sevens or whether I am past that, I don't know. It would be amazing."

Haskell went on to say he felt selectors should have free rein to choose whoever they want for the team, particularly given the star names other countries will have at their disposal.

"I think someone like 'Wadey' would be unbelievable to have. I think there are some great players we have that are able to go and plays sevens.

"Every other country has picked some of their best. You have Sonny Bill [Williams] and Quade Cooper.

"I think the sevens should have free rein on who they want to pick. You want to win the gold medal and Team GB winning gold would be sensational."