Yesterday marked the start of British Sandwich Week (19 – 26 May 2019) and in honour of perhaps the most iconic British culinary dish, the sandwich, we’ve asked some of the world’s greatest rugby players to reveal their favourite creations.
The men’s England Rugby Sevens team are preparing for the next stop on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, the HSBC London Sevens (25-26 May 2019), and here is a selection of the sandwiches that are on their minds…
Tom Mitchell: England Sevens Captain, Olympic silver medallist
“My favourite sandwich has got to be a Reuben. Just straight up ham, gherkins and mustard.”
Phil Burgess: England Sevens, Olympic silver medallist
“It’s not necessarily my favourite sandwich, but when I was younger, playing at rugby tournaments, I would have white bread, ham and tomato ketchup in a sandwich. I know it’s really bad, but that was my youth playing rugby and I can remember that sometimes I even ate it with my mouthguard in. And I know that’s really weird!”
Ollie Lindsay-Hague: England Sevens, Olympic silver medallist
“My favourite sandwich has to be a steak sandwich. It has to be medium-rare steak, lightly toasted bruschetta bread, with a bit of butter, a bit of lettuce and some cherry tomatoes.”
Richard De Carpentier: England Sevens, former RPA England Sevens Player of the Year
“My top, all-time favourite sandwich is a BLT. It’s got to be crispy bacon, on sourdough, the lettuce has got to go on top of the mayo, and a healthy portion of mayo with a little bit of pepper on the tomatoes. But you can’t beat a bacon sarnie at the rugby club on a weekend though!”
Ryan Olowofela: England Sevens “It would probably have to be an Italian BMT from Subway, with toasted cheese and herb bread. It would also have to have olives, jalapenos and lettuce, with barbeque sauce.”
Alex Davis: England Sevens, Rugby World All Stars Team
“My favourite sandwich is a Club sandwich, because it’s got a bit of everything in there. Bacon, chicken, egg – everything. It would be on granary bread and I wouldn’t want the egg to be too runny, as it can get too messy then.”
The HSBC London Sevens 2019 comes to Twickenham Stadium next weekend (25-26 May 2019), bringing with it a festival-style atmosphere comprising world-class sport, live music and family-friendly entertainment. Renowned UK garage act DJ Luck & MC Neat perform on the opening day (Saturday 25 May 2019), whilst other entertainment for spectators to enjoy throughout the weekend includes a funfair, magician, a street food market, live music from DJs, bands and buskers, garden games and chillout zones.
Adult tickets for the HSBC London Sevens start from £30, with tickets for children ages 15 and under from £10. Children under two are admitted free of charge. Students can also currently benefit from a special offer of £20 per ticket.
For more information about the HSBC London Sevens tournament and to purchase tickets, visit: www.englandrugby.com/tickets