Katy McLean looking forward to the Olympic challenge

Katy McLean will be an integral part of Great Britain's bid for Olympic success in the women's rugby sevens tournament
Katy McLean will be an integral part of Great Britain's bid for Olympic success in the women's rugby sevens tournament
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World Cup winning England women team captain Katy McLean is confident of achieving success in the upcoming Olympics representing the Great Britain Sevens women team.

The women's competition, which runs from 6th to 8th August has Great Britain grouped along Canada, Brazil and Japan.

The fly-half, who will be joined by her World Cup winning teammates Emily Scarratt, Danielle Waterman and Natasha Hunt said that the preparations leading to the tournament were quite pleasing.

"The preparation camp was a real opportunity for us to arrive and be around other athletes, and as a squad, we picked up our intensity in training," McLean told Press Association Sport.

"Coming here to Rio now, it's all just fine-tuning, making sure people are in the right place and everybody knows their roles. It feels really good."

The women's team was given a pep talk by former World Cup winning England coach Sir Clive Woodward and the 30-year-old believes the session was a morale booster for the team.

"Clive is doing some commentary and television work here, and it was great to be able to speak with someone of such experience during what is such an exciting time for us as individuals, but also our sport."

McLean also played down the 2014 World Cup triumph and insisted that the current focus will remain on winning the gold medal in the upcoming Olympics.

"The World Cup win feels like years ago, now," McLean added.

"As a squad, we know how we want to play, but as much as you can get caught in this bubble of the Olympics and everything else, come Saturday, we know Brazil are first-up for us and then Japan, and that's what we are focused on and what we need to do.

"Definitely, the confidence of actually going to a World Cup and winning, you know you can deliver the big performances.

"You talk about mentality and wanting to get that edge. We know we are in a good place, and we have proved that in the past.

"We are so used to going to just rugby tournaments - World Cups and sevens tournaments - and you are just around rugby.

"For us now, we are part of Team GB and you are around athletes from other sports. I've spent the majority of the time here just staring at people!

"But the biggest thing as a squad is we have to keep remembering we are here to perform. We have just got to make sure that we stick to our planning and processes."

McLean, who was awarded an MBE in 2014, also picked Australia and New Zealand as the favourites in the tournament.

"There have been so many different winners in the World Series this year.

"Australia and New Zealand have got to be the favourites - their consistency of form has been phenomenal this year - and you have got the likes of us, Canada, USA and the hosts Brazil. We are all looking forward to it."