Glasgow Sevens: Lewis Jones to make senior Wales debut
Cardiff Blues scrum-half one of four changes made by Gareth Williams for final two rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series
Lewis Jones will make his senior Wales debut when he lines up at the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens this weekend.
The 22-year-old scrum-half, who has made 76 appearances for the Blues, is the only new face in Gareth Williams’ squad for the final two rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Glasgow and London.
Lewis makes his debut at scrum-half. He’s been full of energy since coming in to the training set-up and it’s good to introduce him to tournament play.
The former Wales U20 international is joined in the squad by regional team-mates Tom Williams and Dan Fish, with the latter returning after missing rounds six and seven in Hong Kong and Tokyo last month to play in the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
Their inclusion means the Blues trio will miss the last two rounds of the Guinness PRO12.
Ospreys centre Aled Jenkins returns to the squad for the first time since February after recovering from a knee injury picked up at the Las Vegas Sevens.
The final change sees Scarlets winger Kristian Phillips recalled to the Sevens squad for the first time since the same stage three years ago, with Rhodri Williams, Jason Harries, Alex Webber and Tomos Williams missing out.
“Aled was injured in the last block, but has progressed well during the year,” Williams said.
“He is a good addition to the squad.
“Lewis makes his debut at scrum-half. He’s been full of energy since coming in to the training set-up and it’s good to introduce him to tournament play, while we already know the threat Kristian poses out wide, so it’s exciting to involve him again.
Wales have endured a tough World Series to date, failing to reach the cup quarter-finals at the last five events.
And they face another tough pool in Glasgow after they were again drawn with World Series title-chasing Fiji, hosts Scotland, and Portugal, who have caused a number of upsets this season.
But Scotstoun was the venue the last time they lifted a trophy when they defeated Japan 29-12 to lift the Shield at last year’s Glasgow Sevens.
Williams added: “Portugal are a real handful and have caused some major problems this campaign for the top teams.
“Scotland are our bogey side – we have failed to perform against them this season so there is a personal challenge for every player to raise their game and get stuck in to them.
“Playing Fiji is one of the toughest challenges in the game so that’s an exciting prospect.
“The boys learned a lot of lessons from the last two legs in Hong Kong and Japan.
“Our performances in Tokyo were pleasing so we’ve got something to build on heading into Glasgow.”
Wales 7s squad: Jevon Groves (WRU, captain), Sam Cross (WRU), Craig Price (Scarlets), Aled Jenkins (Ospreys), Rhodri Davies (Llandovery), Lewis Jones (Cardiff Blues), Angus O’Brien (Newport Gwent Dragons), Dan Fish (Cardiff Blues), Kristian Phillips (Scarlets), Adam Warren (Scarlets), Luke Morgan (Newport Gwent Dragons), Tom Williams (Cardiff Blues).