England Sevens player and Gilbert ambassador Charlie Hayter, was first recruited into the England Sevens squad back in June 2014 where he made his debut in the first round of the FIRA/AER European Grand Prix Sevens Series in Lyon.
Hayter, has now been appointed England Women Sevens head coach at the start of the 2019/2020 season.
We caught up with him about life around rugby and how he got into the sport.
What does rugby mean to you?
Rugby has given me the opportunity to meet and play with some incredible people over the years and share memories that very few people are fortunate enough to have. Experiencing highs and lows, often in front of thousands of people is a privilege.
When was the first time you picked up a rugby ball? Where were you, who with and why?
Having 2 older brothers I was often used as a tackle shield – so, I don’t remember exactly when but my family were a big influence in my passion for rugby.
What is your general pre-game routine?
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series hotels dictates most of the food choices unfortunately. We usually do a blow out a couple of hours before the first kick off, which is effectively a mini fitness session – just what you feel like doing before 6 pretty intense games of World Series action! Then try to just focus on the details of what we are looking to do in this particular game and my role within that.