Adam Thomas makes a welcome return to the Wales Sevens squad in Glasgow this weekend.
Adam Thomas returns to captain the Wales Sevens squad as one of four changes for this weekend's HSBC World Series event in the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens at Scotstoun.
Thomas will be joined by Pontypridd teammates Rhys Shellard and Owen Jenkins alongside Scarlets utility back Gareth Owen. Craig Price, James Davies, Alex Webber and Tom Williams step aside from the side which reached the Plate final in the last tournament in Hong Kong in March.
Wales, currently 10th in the overall series rankings, are in the same group as Fiji, Kenya and Argentina but head coach Gareth Williams is confident his side can finish the season on a high note in Glasgow this weekend before next week's finale at Twickenham.
"We were encouraged by the effort the boys put in over the last two rounds in Tokyo and Hong Kong. We showed a lot of improvement and to reach a quarter-final in Hong Kong was very pleasing," he said.
"We pushed South Africa all the way in the Plate final and considering they are currently second in the series that shows how far we have come as a team," said Williams.
"Two teams who are above us - Kenya and Argentina - are in the same pool as us this weekend so if we can string a couple of performances together there is no reason why we can't reach another quarter-final and move up in the overall rankings," he added.
Wales Sevens squad for Glasgow:
Adam Thomas (Pontypridd - Captain)
Iolo Evans (Carmarthen Quins)
Jason Harris (Carmarthen Quins)
Rhys Shellard (Pontypridd)
Sam Cross (Cardiff Met)
Lee Williams (Carmarthen Quins)
Gareth Owen (Scarlets)
Ross Jones (Bridgend)
Will Price (Aberavon)
Will Thomas (Cardiff)
Luke Morgan (Bridgend)
Owen Jenkins (Pontypridd)
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.