Wales Sevens head coach Richie Pugh has named his 13-man squad for the Singapore and Vancouver legs of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
Wales will play New Zealand, Scotland and Argentina in Pool C in the fifth round of the world series in Singapore this weekend before heading for the Canada leg the following week.
Morgan Sieniawski returns to the squad for the first time since Sydney in 2020 while there are four uncapped players included.
Ex-Wales U20s winger Carrick McDonough and Cardiff winger Iwan Pyrs Jones will make their debuts alongside Bishop’s Stortford’s Chris Smith and Scarlets winger Callum Williams.
As well as facing daunting opposition Pugh said the young Welsh side will also have to overcome the playing conditions where the temperatures could reach 35 degrees with humidity in the 80s.
“The heat is going to be new for us – we’re going into 35 degrees and the humidity of Singapore – even though they say it is an air-conditioned stadium, it’s a climate that we are never going to get used to as Welshman I’m afraid,” said Pugh.
“I know New Zealand will be bouncing for it – it’s been over two years since they have been able to travel and play on the circuit while Argentina in my eyes are one of the form teams in the series at the moment.
“Scotland are a well organised and well coached sevens team with a lot of threats so it’s a real exciting pool to go up against but that is what it’s about. Those are the challenges we want to be facing and coming through that day one and see where we are at.”
Wales Sevens squad for Singapore/Vancouver
Luke Treharne (Wales 7s)
Carrick McDonough (Dragons)
Morgan Sieniawski (Wales 7s)
Chris Smith (Bishop’s Stortford)
Tom Brown (Wales 7s)
Callum Williams (Scarlets)
Arthur Lennon (Speranza 7s)
Tom Williams (Wales 7s)
Morgan Williams (Wales 7s)
Iwan Pyrs Jones (Cardiff)
Lloyd Lewis (Wales 7s/Pontypool)
Ewan Rosser (Dragons)
Cole Swannack (Pontypridd)
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series – Singapore Leg
April 9-10 National Stadium
Wales v Scotland (3.44am Sat)
Wales v Argentina (7.12am Sat)
Wales v New Zealand (10.06am Sat)
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