Jevon Groves will play for the Blues in the Premiership 7s finals
New Cardiff Blues recruit Jevon Groves is one of three changes to the region's squad for the Premiership Rugby 7s Series Final at Twickenham Stoop on Friday night.
The 26-year-old Groves is a veteran of Wales' last two Commonwealth Games tournaments, captaining the Welsh team in Delhi in 2010, and he is one of nine Welsh sevens caps in the 12 man squad.
The Blues are first team on at the Twickenham Stoop (6.00pm), when they face Leicester Tigers live on BT Sport, and Groves is joined by another Wales Sevens regular Rhys Shellard and young wing Harry Davies as newcomers to the squad that won through to the finals with the Dragons at the Welsh Regional competition.
Tomos Williams and Dan Fish are among the senior first team players who impressed in the Welsh leg of the Premiership 7s Series and they are once again named in a 12-man squad led by Richard Smith.
Paul John, Attack Coach at Cardiff Blues and former Wales Sevens coach, said: "We're excited about taking part in the Premiership Rugby 7s Series Final. I'm sure the night will be a fantastic spectacle for fans and packed full of entertaining and attacking rugby.
"We have a lot of Sevens experience in our squad, but know we face a stern test against the best talent in England. We're all looking forward to that cross border challenge.
"A number of our younger players really impressed in the opening leg at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park last month. The likes of Tomos Williams, Dafi Davies, Ben Roach, Garyn Smith, Owen Jenkins and Harry Davies will really benefit from this experience and taking part in finals night."
Captain Richard Smith added: "Playing against the English teams will make the occasion extra special for us. You want to go and do your region proud but at the same time we will be representing Wales so want to do the country proud as well.
"It's also a great opportunity for the younger boys to get a run out and show what they can do on a big game. There will be a big crowd at the Stoop and it will be a great experience."
Cardiff Blues: Rhys Shellard, Jevon Groves, Richard Smith (c), Dafi Davies, Ben Roach, Garyn Smith, Thomas Williams, Owen Jenkins, Tomos Williams, Geraint Walsh, Dan Fish, Harry Davies
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