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With the sixth leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series to take place in Vancouver, Canada this weekend, England Sevens back Ollie Lindsay-Hague reveals his journey into the sport and some of his favourite memories during that time.
What do you remember about the first time you played sevens?
"It will have been for my school in fourth or fifth year, so around 15 or 16 and I played Millfield School and I loved it.
"I had such a good time, we were a good team so we did well at tournaments and it just suited my game at a young age as well.
"The start of the season would be 15s and I loved that at school, but I would look forward to the second part of the season which was sevens."
Can you describe your route into England sevens?
"I joined the Harlequins academy when I was at school and then when I left I signed for Quins and I played in Middlesex 7s and I played quite well - I was 18 and it was my first summer out of school.
"Ben Ryan asked me to join the sevens training camp as it was then, so that's how it all started really.
"That is actually how my nickname came about, his partner said 'you've got to have a look at this guy Ollie Mincey-Hague' instead of Lindsay-Hague, so since then I've been called Mincey.
"I got into the England set up through there and I remember meeting people like Norts [Dan Norton] and Rodders [James Rodwell] when I was 18 years old and realising how tough it was."
What do you enjoy most about the sport?
"It's probably having the freedom and the space and not concentrating on set pieces as much - obviously set piece is important but it's not like it is in 15s.
"You have the freedom of playing with your eyes up and looking for the space in front of you instead of thinking about certain plays for that position.
"That playing what you see I love and having the space to use my footwork and handling skills so that's probably what I enjoy most about it."
How would you sell the game to someone new?
"I'd say it's exciting, non-stop tries, also there's a lot of athletes on the scene - you see such quick wingers, people in the USA team are ex-NFL with proper sprinters.
"It's not slow, it's so quick and speedy. You'll see some pretty entertaining stuff, incredible feet, stepping people, so excitement and entertainment are the two biggest things for sevens. "Excitement and entertainment are the two biggest things for sevens."
"You say how it's a much quicker part of the game, you've got to be a lot fitter, but sometimes people who have played it you have to explain how it's changed and become much more than that.
"It used to be quick people from the 15s game would come and play sevens but now it's changed, it's become more technical and tactical."
What’s the most memorable game you’ve ever played in?
"The best would be the Dubai tournament in 2010, it was the first one I ever won and the first time I ever played pretty much every minute.
"We won it with some of the best rugby I've played as a young lad. So that's probably what sticks in my mind the most and celebrating a win in a stadium like that I'd never done before.
"Starting in the final where you sing the national anthem for the first time at Dubai 7s was a big highlight, something I really look back on."