Rhys Shellard will be looking to inspire Wales in Dubai
The Wales Sevens squad has a chance to rebalance the scales following last Saturday's international loss to the All Blacks when Paul John's side play New Zealand in their opening match of the Dubai Sevens on Friday.
The side also play Argentina and Russia in their other Pool games.
John said: "New Zealand are the top seed in Dubai but Argentina is also a massive game and Russia are improving all the time.
"Every Pool is difficult now in the HSBC Sevens World Series but we've prepared well as a squad and held an extremely useful and competitive trial session between squad players last week.
"Alex Webber, who has been playing with Ystrad Rhondda in Division One East, stood out, as did Cory Allen who have both made it into the squad for the first time.
"Jason Harries is also set to win his first cap for Wales Sevens having performed well in training, while Ifan Evans returns to the squad bringing more strength in depth."
Following this weekend's Dubai tournament, the Series moves on to Port Elizabeth in South Africa for the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens.
Wales Sevens squad for Dubai and Port Elizabeth:
Ifan Evans (unattached), James Davies (Carmarthen Quins), Adam Thomas (Pontypridd), Richie Pugh (Scarlets), Jason Harries (Carmarthen Quins), Lee Williams (Scarlets), Rhys Jones (Scarlets), Will Thomas (Blues Academy), Will Price (Ospreys), Rhys Shellard (Pontypridd), Cory Allen (Blues Academy), Alex Webber (Ystrad Rhondda)
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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