Harlequins’ Ollie Lindsay-Hague, 20, is the only new addition to the England Sevens squad going into the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens this week – the first event of the HSBC Sevens World Series. He’s reporting daily from before England kick off their pool games against France, Portugal and Fiji on Friday.
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We've just been enjoying a well-earned day off in Dubai with two more training days to come before the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens gets under way on Friday.
That meant a bit of a lie in today, then breakfast and straight off to the Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building at 828metres. The team had a guided tour and were told all about it before going straight up to the observation deck.
I'm not a massive fan of heights (I hate flying) but it was quite amazing to go up a building like that. The views were just incredible - you could see everything for miles - and there are video scopes you can look through that show you what the view was like in the 1980s - literally pure desert, nothing like it is now.
I didn't go too close to the glass wall and even a brief look felt weird enough. Even going up in the lift to the 124th floor was something I didn't enjoy when your ears were popping.
Straight to the Dubai Mall after that, with Greg Barden, Dan Norton, James Rodwell and Simon Hunt. It has amazing shops and a massive fish tank - the biggest in the world - with sharks and rays in it. Then got a taxi and went to one of the big markets. I'd been trying to stay away from Norton after he injured me yesterday. He was bearable and didn't harm me today.
Then went to Nandos for food. It's the rugby players favourite: tastes great, not too expensive, I like chicken and you get lots of it, that's all you want.
Now we're ready for the rest of the week. We needed our rest day and it's important to switch off mentally and physically. We've been training really hard and somewhere like this is really hot so you need to rest your legs and get ready for the weekend to come so that you're 100 per cent ready.