Wales wing Chris Czekaj will go one step further in his rugby rehabilitation when he flies to San Diego as part of the Wales Sevens squad.
The Cardiff speedster has been named to join the Welsh squad in California after the Wellington leg of the IRB Sevens World Series next weekend. It will be Czekaj's first foray into international rugby since suffering a horrific leg injury in Wales' summer Test against Australia in 2007.
Wales Sevens head coach Paul John has named 10 players who will travel to both Wellington and San Diego, while three experienced Sevens players, Aled Thomas (London Welsh), Dafydd Hewitt (Blues) and Aled Brew (Blues) will add some extra experience to the squad for the New Zealand tournament before returning home to be replaced by Czekaj and Dragons wing Jimmy Norris for the American competition. Scarlets backrow Josh Turnbull will travel to New Zealand as a reserve, and be a full member of the 12 man squad for San Diego.
Neath's Lee Beach will captain the side, while Turnbull and Ospreys scrum half Rhys Webb will make their Sevens debuts.
John said: "It's great to welcome back some seasoned Sevens players to the squad such as Aled Thomas, Lee Williams and Lee Beach. While we performed well at times in Dubai and George, experience is vital at this level and we are hoping to use these tournaments to gain some form and confidence ahead of the Rugby World Cup Sevens in March.
"We have a tough pool in Wellington with Australia and New Zealand two of our Day One opponents, and we particularly want to improve on our disappointing displays against Australia in Dubai and George.
"Tom Isaacs and Jimmy Norris return to the squad after promising first outings in Dubai and George, while it's good to see some Premiership forwards stepping up to the mark on the international stage - Chris Davies (Aberavon), Craig Hill (Newport), James Merriman and Lee Beach (both Neath), along with Josh Turnbull who has played most of his rugby for Llanelli until now."
Wales Sevens squad for Wellington and San Diego: (Forwards): Lee Beach (capt, Neath), Josh Turnbull (Scarlets), Craig Hill (Newport), James Merriman (Neath), Dafydd Hewitt (Blues, Wellington only), Chris Davies (Aberavon).
(Backs): Lee Williams (Scarlets), Rhys Webb (Ospreys), Aled Thomas (London Welsh, Wellington only), Tal Selley (Dragons), Rhodri McAtee (Cornish Pirates), Tom Isaacs (Dragons), Aled Brew (Blues, Wellington only), Chris Czekaj (Blues, San Diego only), Jimmy Norris (Dragons, San Diego only)
Wellington Sevens: Feb 6 - 7
San Diego Sevens: Feb 14 - 15
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.
A joint venture between the WRU and Admiral saw hundreds of children enjoy the Admiral Festival of Rugby held at the National Centre of Excellence at the weekend where Welsh internationals Sam Warburton, Scott Williams and Rob Evans were in attendance.
Wll Jones leads Wales U18s into battle this afternoon against Italy where the Welsh side will be seeking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to SA Schools in their opening clash of the U19 International Series
All four regions attended a successful training camp staged last weekend at the WRU National Centre of Excellence. It was a chance for new Wales Women's head coach Rowland Phillips to deliver his key messages to players and coaches as he prepares for the new season.
Wales U18 Team Manager Gethin Watts believes the next couple of weeks will be 'extremely beneficial' to the future of Welsh rugby as his side prepare to take part in the Under 19 International Series being staged in South Africa.
The WRU is searching for 12 new rugby development apprentices following a successful first year of its WRU Coach Core programme. Craig Duncan and Jess Hancock have flourished in the first year of the programme which has given them a real direction in their lives.
The WRU signed TV comedian Rhod Gilbert up to a 'Coaching Children Level 1' course before letting him loose on an U8s side at Whitland Junior Borderers - we went behind the scenes to film the making of 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience' see the results here.
Llandovery are aiming to make it three titles in a row in this year's Foster's National 7s being held at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 28 August. Drovers assistant coach Simon Davies and Lee Rees assess their sides chances
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series returns to the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on July 22nd when all four Welsh regions go head to head. Scarlets skills coach Dai Flanagan and Blues Elite Performance Pathway Manager Richard Hodges along with current Welsh squad members were at the launch of this season's event