- Ben Gollings gives you the inside track on England's quest for Commonwealth gold
- World Sevens' record points scorer on travel, temperatures and the truth about the athlete's village
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We’re into our second day in the Village here and the experience has been pretty awesome so far. There’s a great atmosphere, the food’s brilliant and things are being run pretty well.
On Sunday we had a good blow-out in the pool and then headed off to the opening ceremony. It was pretty hot work but good fun.
Then on Monday, we were straight into it with three sessions: wake up, swim, get breakfast, an upper body weights session and then a quick break and food before we got out on the field.
The temperature was up around 35 degrees and you wouldn’t want to play if it’s much hotter than that. It’s pretty intense when you’re still tired and it hit us hard but the boys worked well. Ben Ryan made us run around a bit but you can’t have any excuses in this game. We’ll be better for it as long as we rest and recover properly. All in all it’s been a good day.
There's a real buzz about the place – Gollings
It’s often said that the Village and everything going on in it can be a distraction from your competition but to be honest everyone’s getting on with their jobs. You meet other athletes in the food hall or walking around and catch up, but you’re all focused on what you’re doing. That means there is a real buzz about the place.
In terms of preparations, we take things pretty similarly to the way we do with other tournaments on the IRB Sevens World Series. You’ve just got to do the right thing. We’re over here in extreme conditions, hot, humid, and you’ve got to rest up and stay hydrated. The boys were losing 2-3kg in an hour’s training but if we do the right things we’ll put ourselves in good shape for next week.
Ben Gollings was talking to RFU.com