Wales Sevens veteran Ethan Davies has been included in the squad for this weekend’s London leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series. Davies has endured an injury-laden world series campaign but has managed to stay fit since his inclusion in the Singapore Sevens squad.
Also included in the squad are Dragon’s 21-year-old sensation Joe Goodchild and George Gasson. Wales are 14th in the world series standings after eight tournaments and must manage to remain in the top 14 at the end of the series or suffer relegation.
And Wales head coach Richie Pugh said the team are in a “fight for survival” as they cannot afford to lose core team status.
“The boys understand that even though it’s the end of the season, we’ve got so much to fight for,” Richie Pugh was quoted saying by South Wales Argus. “We can’t take our foot off the gas. We’re fighting for survival, and we can’t afford to lose core status. The boys recognise how much these final two weekends mean.”
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The “battle for survival” won’t be easy because Wales have been drawn against series leaders USA, Australia and Spain in Pool D of the London Sevens tournament.
Pugh said the team must take inspiration from their recent displays against USA and England. Wales beat USA 21-19 in the Hong Kong Sevens and also defeated England 12-0 at the Singapore Sevens tournament.
“We can reflect on the improvements shown to pick off wins against those two sides, and the manner in which we did so was huge for this group, but the next stage is nailing the games after those performances, the ones what we could and should be winning.
“It has been a tough season, both physically and mentally. We’re fighting for every game and every point on the series.
“It does take its toll, so it was important that we switched off during the break we’ve just had, but now we’re back in and fresh for the challenge ahead.”
Wales squad: Luke Treharne (captain), Owen Jenkins, Ethan Davies, Cai Devine, Afon Bagshaw, Joe Jenkins, Joe Goodchild, George Gasson, Cameron Lewis, Dafydd Smith, Reuben Morgan-Williams, Ben Cambriani, Tom Rogers, Morgan Williams.
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