Scarlets Academy hooker Morgan Macrae has been named in the Wales 7s squad for the next two rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
The 19-year-old Swansea University student made his regional debut in the autumn development games against the Dragons and Ospreys.
Head coach Richie Pugh has named a 13-man squad that blends youth and experience, with the opening two legs of the series taking palace in Malaga and Seville.
The squad includes former Scarlets Luke Treharne and Morgan Williams.
“Two weeks isn’t the longest of preps going into a World Series but it has been a really positive experience and I’m happy to have got selection done,” said Pugh.
“It’s brilliant to see a Wales side back on the World Series, it’s been a little strange watching it the last year and seeing GB represent us – to get the three feathers back on the series is great for the programme.”
Pugh has been encouraged by the preparation put in by the extended squad which meant selection for Wales’ return to the World Series wasn’t a straight-forward exercise.
“To be honest we have had some tough selection headaches really – for a first camp that is really positive. We’ve had as much as 19 players in from regional players, invitational players and some of our core players who have been involved in the programme in the past and it’s left us in a good place,” added Pugh.
Wales face the daunting prospect of taking on France, Kenya and Canada in Pool D in Malaga.a
Wales Sevens squad for Spain – HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, Malaga – Jan 21-23
1 Lloyd Evans (Aberavon), 2 Callum Carson (Ospreys), 3 Frankie Souto (Dragons), 4 Morgan MacRae (Scarlets), 5 Tom Brown (Wales 7s), 6 Luke Treharne (Wales 7s), 7 Arthur Lennon (Speranza 7s), 8 Tom Williams (Wales 7s), 9 Morgan Williams (Wales 7s), 10 Owen Jenkins (Dragons), 11 Lloyd Lewis (Wales 7s / Pontypool), 12 Ewan Rosser (Dragons), 13 Cole Swannack (Speranza 7s)