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Chris Hoy would be perfect in rugby, says Wasps chief Dai Young

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young says he would not pick compatriot Gareth Bale for his team if he had the chance and would instead pick Olympics legend Chris Hoy.

Young, who made 51 appearances for Wales as a player between 1987 and 2001, was asked which athlete he would sign if he could take on anyone from the world of sport.

"He'd be great but obviously being Welsh he's not going to be much good at rugby. He spent all the time he did playing football," he said.

"Coming from Wales he must have had a dabble with rugby, but from a financial point of view he chose the right game!"

Bale is currently competing with Antoine Griezmann and Cristiano Ronaldo for the 2015/16 UEFA Best Player in Europe award, with the winner announced later on Thursday.

The Real Madrid forward is one of the most decorated players in Welsh football history, with a Champions League to his name and leading the Dragons to a European Championship semifinal in 2016.

Despite this, Young says that he would target Scotsman and former Team GB cyclist Hoy, who won six golds and a silver in his Olympic career that spanned from Sydney in 2000 to London in 2012.

"We've all got our heroes but someone like Chris Hoy would be great," he said. "These are the people that I really enjoy listening to because they have really gone that extra mile. Some rugby players could learn from these fantastic individual athletes."

"We've got enough heroes [in Britain] and just had an amazing Olympics. They could pass a lot on to my players and could teach them what it really means to be the best."

Meanwhile, Bale is trying to become only the sixth footballer to win the Champions League in his hometown, after it was announce that the 2017 final will be held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Young also has an affiliation with the Welsh capital, the Wasps boss played for Cardiff Blues between 2003 and 2011.

Wasps will be trying to top their impressive third place finish in the Aviva Premiership last term, with the 2016/17 season kicking off on Sept. 2.

They face last season's runners-up Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park.