England full back Mike Brown and ex-Harlequins winger Ugo Monye were among those to wish Ollie Lindsay Hague all the best in Brazil with the Team GB sevens team this summer.

The 25-year-old speedster, a full back or winger at the Stoop, was named in Great Britain men's head coach Simon Amor's 12-man squad for the Rio Games this week.

It will be the first time in 108 years that Team GB has had representation in rugby at Olympic level and a first for the seven-a-side format.

Monye labelled Lindsay-Hague a genius on the pitch in a tweet wishing the team good luck, while Brown congratulated his clubmate on the hard work that had earned his passage.

Competition takes place over six days with the women competing first from August 6-8 at the Deodoro Stadium in a pool which includes hosts Brazil, Japan and Canada. 

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Leading the way: Team GB rugby sevens men's head coach Simon Amor is a former student at Hampton School

The men’s competition follows from August 9-11 with Kenya, Japan and New Zealand waiting in the pool stages for Team GB. 

Former Hampton School student Amor: "Through the extraordinary GB spirit that has been created over the last seven weeks, all the players involved in the wider training squad have pushed themselves, and each other, to the limit. 

"They have fought and fought for places each day. 

"It has been incredibly competitive and the group has become very close in a short space of time. 

“We have named a talented and experienced squad of 12 players today which we believe offers the right combinations and complimenting skill sets needed to be successful in Rio. 

"It has, however, been a 27 player effort and recognition must go to every player involved in the programme, as well as the hard working and exceptional management team.”

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Captain Emily Scarratt added: “To wear the GB shirt and compete in the Olympics is a childhood dream that we are now, as a team, turning into reality. 

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“As a squad, we are looking forward to being among the first athletes to play rugby sevens on the world’s biggest sporting stage.

"I am immensely proud to be representing Great Britain and introducing women’s rugby to new audiences.”