It’s been more than eight years since Tom Varndell donned the England jersey at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, but the winger isn’t ruling out a return to international competition just yet.
Varndell brought a silver medal home with him from his adventures Down Under – a feat that the England team has not been able to repeat in Delhi or Glasgow.
Now 29, Varndell has enjoyed a Premiership career spanning more than a decade, earning four caps for his country’s XV side in the process.
But, after it was announced he would make the move from Wasps to Bristol at the end of this season, Varndell admits there is plenty more that he wants to accomplish before he hangs up his boots.
Rugby sevens made its first appearance as a Commonwealth sport at Kuala Lumpur back in 1998 although it is only set for it’s Olympic debut at Rio 2016.
And with an increasingly focus on the sport, Varndell admits sevens rugby is never far from his thoughts.
“I think England are in a good place at the moment despite it being not a great start at the World Series in Dubai,” he said.
“I’ve definitely been tempted to return, especially on cold days at training, you can fly me out to Dubai any time.
“I was lucky enough to play in a Commonwealth Games in Melbourne 2006 so I’d love to play in another big event like the Olympics and I don’t think I’m too old so I could maybe do a job if they wanted me to, but we’ll see.
“I had a lot of success in 7s so that adds to the appeal – it’s a perfect game for an outside back, whether you’re an outside centre, winger or full-back.
“I loved my time with the 7s and when you get that much space and time on the ball, it’s fantastic and a great game and I really enjoyed it.
“I saw bit and pieces of the competition at this year’s Commonwealth Games but I wasn’t able to watch all of it.
“I did try to keep an eye on what was going on and I enjoy watching any 7s competition.”