It may be his first official tournament as head coach, but Nick Wakley has placed high expectations on his Wales Women Sevens squad who will be playing as GB Royals in this weekend's Rugby Europe Grand Prix Sevens Series in Malemort, France.
Having the pick of the crop coming through the UK School Games unscathed last week in Loughborough, Wales Women's 7s coach Nick Wakley is optimistic his young side can cause a few surprises in this weekend's Rugby Europe U18s Championship in Vichy, France.
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 has already contributed one medal to the Team GB Olympic tally in Rio, through Jazz Carlin's silver swim in the 400 freestyle, and tonight it will be the chance for Wales 7s athlete Jasmine Joyce to go for gold.
History maker Jasmine Joyce's journey from a novice rugby player who couldn't catch the ball to an Olympian will be complete tomorrow afternoon when she takes to the field against hosts Brazil for Team GB rugby sevens in the Deodoro Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Jasmine Joyce is the only non-England player in GB Women's sevens squad heading for Rio. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie was at a packed Trafalgar Square when the team was announced to get her thoughts on her rapid rise to fame