Luke Treharne has been named as Wales’ new sevens captain for Dubai

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Wales coach Gareth Williams has named his 12-man squad to participate in the opening rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai and Cape Town next month.

Williams has named a new captain in Luke Treharne and vice-captain in Sam Cross, while Jordan Williams, Luke Crocker and Ethan Davies will make their debuts in Dubai where Wales will face England, Australia and Kenya in Pool D.

“It is an exciting partnership [Treharne and Cross] and they will make use of experienced support in Nicky Griffiths, and former captain Adam Thomas, who is not considered for the Dubai leg due to personal circumstances,” explained Williams.

“It is exciting to have Jordan [Williams] involved from the Scarlets and he has all the attributes to excel on the World Series. Luke [Crocker] and Ethan [Davies] have graduated through the intense summer programme and have trained well alongside the core group once given that opportunity.

“Ethan’s form in the Principality Premiership for Cross Keys has been fantastic and deserves a return to international competition following his time previously with the under-20s.

“It is pleasing to welcome a number of players back into the fold with Ben Roach and Chris Knight having joined the core group in October. It is exciting to see Ben add to his single appearance in Hong Kong last season, with his season cut short through injury. Chris’s threat and World Series experience will add immensely to the group as a whole.

“Regional support has developed further and added a good level of competition to the training camp as well as exposing certain individuals to the environment in order to perform later in the season.

“It is always an exciting challenge competing in Dubai, but the extra edge of starting the World Series adds to the anticipation. We are excited by the challenge of the group but are keen, in these early stages of the squad forming, to focus on ourselves.

“It is an amazing schedule for the season with some new competitions, and we are looking to grow our game throughout. A positive start in Dubai is our short-term aim.”

Wales squad: Luke Treharne (captain), Sam Cross, Ben Roach, Lloyd Evans, Owen Jenkins, Luke Crocker, Nicky Griffiths, Angus O’Brien, Ethan Davies, Kristian Phillips, Jordan Williams, Chris Knight.

Courtesy of World Rugby

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