Wales are to send a strong squad to Australia and New Zealand for Rounds 4 and 5 of the IRB World Sevens Series in February.
Manager John Ryan bloods four new players, Llanelli's Gareth Bowen, Darren Berry from UWIC, James Strong of London Welsh, and Gareth Gravell of Newport.
Wales are currently ranked in seventh place after two rounds. The hugely popular tournament runs 11 rounds and reaches its zenith this year in the Millenium Stadium at the end of May.
AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND SQUAD
1. JON THOMAS SWANSEA D/D, C/A
2. ROBIN SOWDEN-TAYLOR CARDIFF D/D ,C/A
3. GAVIN VAUGHAN-EVANS E.VALE D/D
4. DARREN BERRY UWIC
5. GARETH BOWEN LLANELLI
6. SHAUN JAMES PONTYPRIDD C/A
7. GARETH CHAPMAN UWIC. D/D, C/A
8. EMYR LEWIS NEWPORT D/D
9. PHIL EDWARDS UWIC D/D, C/A
10. CRAIG RICHARDS WHITLAND D/D,C/A
11. JAMES STRONG LONDON WELSH
12. GARETH GRAVELL NEWPORT
MANAGER JOHN RYAN D/D, C/A
COACH COLIN HILLMAN D/D, C/A
PHYSIO IONA MORGAN D/D
The Welsh Rugby Union has awarded a unique 'President's Cap' to a specific group of players who represented their country between 1945 and 1979, but missed out on international recognition at the time.
Prabhat Mathema, the WRU's National Medical Manager explains the four part Pitchside Suspected Concussion Assessment process the IRB has devised that is being implemented throughout the Dove Men Series and in the LV= Cup this season, which includes the provision for a five minute temporary substitution to allow an assessment to take place.