The first leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is currently taking place in Dubai and today saw the women’s teams complete their pool fixtures in very difficult conditions.
The weather was sweltering in Dubai and earlier we brought you news of Ireland’s performance who got their day off to a great start with a win over Fiji but were unable to maintain that momentum as they succumbed to loses against a very impressive Canada side and then Spain.
One thing that is clear when you watch sevens at the highest level is the incredible fitness levels of the players and it takes a special kind of athlete to withstand the fast pace of the game on a full-size rugby pitch.
Brian O’Driscoll, who is an ambassador for HSBC, recently trained with England men’s sevens squad and he took part in the ‘death zone’, a type of training which pushes players to their absolute limits.
Of course, O’Driscoll has been out of the game for some time now so it was interesting to see how he would cope with the best of the best that England has to offer.
It’s pretty interesting viewing as O’Driscoll describes not only the physical demands of the training session but the importance of one’s mental requirements to keep going in such gruelling circumstances.
Check it out for yourself below.