From his origins on the boggy back fields of Hove Park, to captaining his country on the hallowed turf of Twickenham Stadium, Ollie’s adventure through the world of rugby has left no doubt of his commitment to the sport, his dedication to his team and his remarkable capacity for living life to the full. His achievements are many and varied, but Ollie’s proudest moments have come when wearing an England jersey; an international career that has spanned over 10 years, 20 World Series appearances and 46 tries, Ollie was a cornerstone in England Seven’s rise to success.
It was in 2008 when Ollie was honored and privileged to be named captain of his country; leading the team throughout the World Seven’s Series and subsequently the Seven’s World Cup in Dubai. To date, he is the most successful England Seven’s captain, resulting in three World Seven’s Series victories and six World Seven’s Series finals. In 2009, Ollie was voted World Rugby Seven’s player of the year. Away from the international arena Ollie has played with four clubs, namely Harlequins, Newcastle Falcons, Stade Français and most recently, Gloucester. Ollie has enjoyed success with all, participating in three Heineken Cups, a European Cup Final, and voted the Best Overseas Player in 2011.
His determination and desire to champion his sport wherever possible has earned him recognition throughout the international rugby community as a positive force for the game and a strong advocate of the benefits of being part of a team. His dedication to involve, integrate and introduce people from all walks of life to his sport is, Ollie would argue, his greatest achievement. His commitment to this integration has seen him deliver community outreach programmes on every continent across the World and his appetite to help people understand a love of the game continues unbounded.
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