Scarlets backrower Josh Turnbull has joined the Welsh Sevens squad in San Diego.
Wales are looking to build on last weekend's success after reaching the quarter-finals of the Wellington leg of the IRB Sevens series.
For the first time in history, Wales came away from a tournament having lowered the colours of two of the three best teams in the world. Both New Zealand and Fiji were on the receiving end of defeats as Wales proved they are a force to be reckoned with in the abbreviated version of the game.
This weekend a different looking Welsh squad takes part in the American leg in San Diego where they will face Fiji, Argentina and Mexico in Pool D.
Of the Wales squad that competed in Wellington, Aled Brew, Aled Thomas and Dafydd Hewitt have traveled home to be replaced by Josh Turnbull, Jimmy Norris and Chris Czekaj, who makes his first foray into international rugby since suffering a horrific leg injury in June 2007.
Team manager Dai Jenkins has no doubt that last weekend's Welsh performance will take some beating.
"That was the best ever performance by Wales. We have never beaten two of the best three teams in the world in the same tournament before - the boys played really well," he said.
"We've had some good boys come out and join the squad. We need continuity and this weekend is a huge challenge. We've just got to play the patterns consistently and hopefully the rewards will come. It's a big ask for the group.
"We'd like to get to the quarter-finals again and from there anything can happen. But we need to be reaching the top eight on a regular basis.
"There is hardly anything between the top 10 sides in this competition. Everyone of those top teams can beat the other in any given moment. Even the fourth teams, usually considered the weakest in the group, have the ability to beat those seeded above them so you've always got to be on top of your game."
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