Scarlets Academy wing Callum Williams has been named in a 13-man squad for this month’s Commonwealth Games.
The 20-year-old Ceredigion speedster has impressed as part of the national squad on the sevens circuit this season.
The sevens tournament will be staged at Coventry Stadium between July 29-31 where Wales will begin their campaign in Pool C against Fiji, Canada and Zambia.
There is no shortage of experience with Sam Cross having won a silver medal with Team GB in the Rio Olympics while Luke Treharne, Morgan Williams, Tom Williams and Owen Jenkins return from the Welsh 2018 squad which finished seventh in the Gold Coast Games.
WRU Head of Sevens Richie Pugh said, “It’s been a tough selection process. The squad is based mostly around boys who have been involved in our World Sevens campaign, adding the experience of Olympic silver medallist Sam Cross from the Ospreys and we’ve also kept Tyler Morgan after the Toulouse and London legs. Their pedigree certainly adds great value to the squad. There were some tough calls but that’s international sport, that’s the competitive environment we want to create. We’ve had some good competitions in rugby Europe recently, with players gaining quality game time in difficult conditions which bodes well.”
Pugh, a Rugby World Cup Sevens winner with Wales added: “To have the Commonwealth Games in the UK is an exciting prospect. To play in a multi-sport event with other athletes and sports provides the players and management with a unique opportunity. I’ve been to three as a player and coach and some of the squad went to Gold Coast but it will be a new experience for many. We want to do justice to ourselves, Team Wales and Welsh rugby.”
Commonwealth Games squad (Coventry Stadium July 29-31): Luke Treharne (Wales Sevens), Tyler Morgan (Unattached), Morgan Sieniawski (Wales Sevens), Sam Cross (Ospreys), Tom Brown (Wales Sevens ), Callum Williams (Scarlets), Owen Jenkins (Unattached), Tom Williams (Wales Sevens), Morgan Williams (Wales Sevens), Cole Swannack (Newport), Lloyd Lewis (Wales Sevens), Ewan Rosser (Dragons), Callum Carson (Aberavon).