Duo return for Wales Sevens in Asia

(IRB.COM) Tuesday 18 March 2014
 
 Duo return for Wales Sevens in Asia
Alex Webber played a star role last year as Wales reached the Cup final in Hong Kong

Alex Webber and Craig Price make welcome returns to the Wales Sevens squad for the Asian rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Tokyo and Hong Kong over the next two weekends.

In all coach Gareth Williams makes five changes. In addition to Webber and Price, Pontypridd's Owen Jenkins and Bridgend's Ross Jones join the squad along with Wales Under 20 scrum-half Tom Williams as Will Thomas, Rhodri Davies, Dylan Morgans, Ashley Evans and Rhys Shellard miss out.

Tokyo will be Price's first involvement since last year's Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow, while Webber has not played since the first round in Australia last October due to a groin injury.

"The injuries we've currently got have given a number of new faces an opportunity to go out and show what they can do,” said Williams. "Owen Jenkins comes in after having some experience within the squad. He's been doing well with the Blues and now he has a chance on the international sevens stage.

"Ross Jones is fresh to the environment – he has been superb in training and is learning a lot. It's going to be exciting to see how he goes in tournament.

"It's great to have Alex back in the fold as he is a threat with the ball and it's good to have that option back in the squad.”

This weekend Wales are grouped with Series leaders New Zealand, Canada and Portugal.

"There are no easy pools at this level. We are in with New Zealand who are the form side, Canada, who are coming off the back of tremendous performances in Vegas and Wellington, and Portugal, who are a dogged side to play against – we've had problems against them in the past but we've also done well against those teams in the past – it's exciting and we're looking to put our stamp on the group."

Wales Sevens: James Davies (Captain) (Carmarthen Quins), Sam Cross (Cardiff Met), Iolo Evans (Carmarthen Quins), Craig Price (Scarlets), Jason Harris (Carmarthen Quins), Tom Williams (Blues), Rhys Jones (Cross Keys), Ross Jones  (Bridgend), Will Price (Aberavon), Owen Jenkins (Pontypridd), Luke Morgan (Bridgend), Alex Webber (Pontypridd)

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