Wales pair Cory Allen and Lloyd Williams have both been named in the Wales sevens squad for this weekend’s Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco (20th-22nd July).
Ospreys centre Allen – capped six times at 15-a-side level – and 23-cap Cardiff Blues scrum-half Williams will provide experience to a youthful squad captained by Adam Thomas.
The duo recently helped Wales to the Exeter Sevens quarter-final as part of their World Cup preparations.
The World Cup Sevens is one last hurrah for captain Thomas, a Wales’ stalwart who will be competing in the Principality Premiership next season.
In Luke Morgan, Wales can boast the second deadliest try-scorer in the world this year, scoring only four fewer than hosts USA’s Carlin Isles in the 2017/18 World Rugby Sevens Series.
Bolstering a squad of World Series regulars such as Ethan Davies, Owen Jenkins, Luke Treharne, Ben Roach and Will Talbot-Davies is one of the Guinness Pro14’s biggest young prospects, the Dragons and former Wales U20 back Jared Rosser.
Also included is Tom Williams, who has made a strong impact in his final sevens season before returning to Ospreys on a full-time basis next season.
Head coach Gareth Williams said: “This is a great culmination to our season. The World Cup has been an aim of ours for the past 18 months and we’re excited with the squad we have put together.
“We are building nicely towards the opening match versus Zimbabwe, and starting well against their physicality and elusiveness is a key aim of ours.
“The tournament structure is different, but exciting, and we are eager to get out there and get things started.”
Wales will face Zimbabwe in the ‘pre-round of 16’ matches at 22:00 BST this Friday, with the knockout format significantly increasing the stakes in this year’s tournament.
The Rugby World Cup Sevens will take place at AT&T Park, the home of baseball’s famous San Francisco Giants, and will be broadcast on ITV.
Wales Sevens: Luke Treharne, Ethan Davies, Lloyd Williams, Luke Morgan, Owen Jenkins, Tom Williams, Cory Allen, Afon Bagshaw, Adam Thomas, Cai Devine, Jared Rosser, Ben Roach, Will Talbot-Davies.