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Wade playing at Olympics 'not discussed' says Young

Wade grabbed an Aviva Premiership record-equalling six tries in Wasps' 54-35 win at Worcester on Saturday. Credit: PA

The Olympic dream is "not really an option" for Christian Wade unless Team GB bosses actively seek the in-form Wasps wing's services, according to Dai Young.

Wade grabbed an Aviva Premiership record-equalling six tries in Wasps' 54-35 win at Worcester on Saturday, the 24-year-old offering a reminder of his deadly finishing abilities ahead of a landmark summer for rugby.

Rugby Sevens will make its Olympic debut in Rio in August, but Wasps rugby director Young has had no contact from Team GB coach Simon Amor about the availability of any of his players.

"We've had no communication on anybody at Wasps yet," Young said when quizzed on whether Wade could be heading to the Olympics.

"The reality is that he and Joe Simpson are both 15-a-side players for us.

"It's a great experience playing Sevens and both have played Sevens previously.

"We'd need to have all the details before we could say anything about it really.

"But we've had no information on whether that's an option, and as far as we're concerned it's not really an option - it hasn't been discussed."

Nicola Adams books her place at Rio 2016

Adams will get the chance to become the first British boxer to win two Olympic titles since Harry Mallin in Paris in 1924. Credit: PA

Nicola Adams booked her place at the Rio Olympics after cruising to victory at the European qualifying tournament in Samsun, Turkey, on Friday.

The 33-year-old scored a unanimous decision win over Marielle Hansen of Norway to ensure she will defend her 2012 gold medal in Brazil.

It means Adams will get the chance to become the first British boxer to win two Olympic titles since Harry Mallin in Paris in 1924.

Adams started aggressively against her experienced opponent, repelling Hansen's advances and taking it clearly on the scorecard.

Despite getting a little wayward with her shots in the middle rounds, Adams finished with a flourish to complete a shut-out victory and book her place on the plane to Rio.

Joubert named among referees for Rio sevens

Joubert features on a 12-strong panel of referees for the men's tournament. Credit: PA

South African Craig Joubert is among the referees chosen by World Rugby to officiate at this summer's Rio Olympics.

Joubert features on a 12-strong panel of referees for the men's tournament, which also includes Scotsman Mike Adamson.

The women's competition group of officials, meanwhile, features England's Sara Cox and Scottish official Alex Pratt.

Rugby union, in its sevens format, will return to the Olympics following a 92-year absence.

Joubert, who is a highly-experienced sevens referee, controlled the 15-a-side 2011 World Cup final in New Zealand, but at last autumn's England-hosted tournament he made a controversial late decision during the Scotland versus Australia quarter-final that World Rugby later announced had been incorrect.

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17-year-old books trip to Rio 2016 with gold in Baku

Amber Hill won gold in Baku. Credit: PA

Seventeen-year-old shooting star Amber Hill is relishing the prospect of packing her sun cream for Rio after beating the baking Baku heat as well as world number one Diana Bacosi to grab a dramatic gold medal at the European Games.

Hill held her nerve in a marathon sudden-death shoot-out in the women's skeet competition which finally ended when the veteran Italian - at 31 almost twice Hill's age - missed her 29th shot and the Bracknell teenager stepped up to add another title to the world crown she won when she was just 15.

In doing so, Hill grabbed an Olympic quota spot which effectively guarantees her a place on the plane to Brazil, given that her only real domestic rival, Elena Allen, has already secured her own place after taking world silver last year.

Hill, who is studying to become a beautician and cuts a striking figure on the shooting circuit with her bespoke bright pink shotgun cartridges, said: "I've never been to Brazil and I'm really looking forward to it. I really like the sun so I wasn't complaining about it and now I can't wait to get some Rio sun.

"I can't believe I've won a quota place - I tried not to think about it but it's always at the back of your mind. My goal has always been to get to Rio and to do it by winning a gold medal at the first European Games is unreal."

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