Newport Gwent Dragons have announced their squad for the Welsh leg of the Singha Premiership Sevens Tournament.
Once again BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park will play host to the Welsh Regions as they play in the first leg of the 7s tournament.
The Men of Gwent are the current Singha Premiership 7s title holders and go into this Fridays competition looking to make it into the final of the competition at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, to challenge for the title once again.
For the third year running experienced sevens coach Nick Wakley will lead the Dragons 7s squad into the tournament after being crowned the 2015 Singha Premiership 7s Champions.
The carefully selected squad is a fantastic mix of youth and experience with talented International sevens player Geraint Rhys Jones taking the role of Captain this year. Jones is joined by fellow Dragons Ross Wardle, Darran Harris and Aled Brew. Alongside many familiar faces from last years’ squad including Harrison Keddie, James Benjamin, Jonny Lewis, Arwel Robson and Luc Jones. Recently crowned Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Player of the Series, Elliot Frewen is also named in the squad and he is joined by Wales sevens ace Ethan Davies. Davies recently represented his country in the HSBC Sevens World Series where he played in nine of the ten tournaments. Also named in the squad is Chris Levesley who played his part in the World University Rugby Sevens Tournament where he played for Great Britain.
Newport Gwent Dragons 7s Squad
1. Ross Wardle
2. Darran Harris
3. Harrison Keddie
4. Aled Brew
5. Ethan Davies
6. James Benjamin
7. Geraint Rhys Jones ©
8. Elliot Frewen
9. Jonny Lewis
10. Arwel Robson
11. Chris Levesley
12. Luc Jones
Looking forward to the tournament, which kicks off on Friday, coach Wakley commented: "As a Region the Dragons are very supportive, Kingsley Jones is very competitive.
"They want to win things and they have shown that with the calibre of players we have had to choose from over the past couple of seasons. It has been great to work with.
"The Singha 7s has been an incredible success for the Dragons in terms of youngsters close to top flight rugby. Angus O’Brien, Ashton Hewitt and Harri Keddie have kicked on and hopefully will get some more exposure this year.
"It has been a great stepping stone for them, it is a brutal environment and they really thrived in it and excelled. I am hoping to see the same thing this year and the three of them starting to put pressure on the first XV at the Dragons."
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s kicks off on 22 July at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park with the Finals at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday 7 August. For tickets please call the Rodney Parade Ticket Office on 01633 674990 or buy online.