Carmarthen Quins trio in Wales sevens squad for Gold Coast opener
CARMARTHEN Quins provide three players in the Wales sevens squad for the opening round of this season's HSBC World Series in the Gold Coast.
Former Scarlets flyer Lee Williams, Iolo Evans and James Davies — younger brother of British Lion Jonathan — are part of an experienced squad unveiled by head coach Paul John.
Pontypridd's Adam Thomas retains the captaincy while Bridgend's Adam Field is the lone newcomer.
Due to the World Cup, Wales's pre-season preparations have been reduced, but John believes his squad will go into the series opener in high spirits after beating South Africa twice in the Middleburg Sevens to win the title at the invitational event.
"Selection has been very hard and very competitive, a lot of boys have just missed out," he said.
"The 12 boys in Australia are the guys who have put their hand up for the first tournament and the boys who have missed out will get another opportunity to impress before the next set of tournaments in Dubai and South Africa next month.
"Adam is the only new player and he has earned his spot. He took part in the GB Sevens series in the summer with our development group where he impressed playing centre and wing. He then came into our core group and he figured in Middleburg where he played two games against South Africa and again did well."
Wales, who missed out on the cup quarter-finals in Australia last season, will take on Portugal, Canada and Fiji in their pool matches.
Wales: Adam Thomas (capt), Rhys Shellard, Alex Webber (all Pontypridd), James Davies (Scarlets & Carm Quins), Lee Williams, Iolo Evans (both Carm Quins), Sam Cross (UWIC), Alex Walker (Cardiff), Will Thomas (Blues & Cardiff), Rhys Jones (Cross Keys), Adam Field (Bridgend), Chris Knight (Scarlets & Llandovery).