Wales national rugby union team (sevens)


Wales national rugby union team (sevens)

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The Wales national rugby union sevens team is the rugby sevens side for Welsh rugby union players. They currently compete in the IRB Sevens World Series, and in the Commonwealth Rugby Sevens Championships. They are currently in process of attempting to qualify for the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens. [ [http://wru.co.uk/609_17971.php Wales Sevens win in Denmark ] ]

The Welsh sevens squad was disbanded in 2002 due to the financial problems of the Welsh Rugby Union. After a three year absence, the Wales sevens team returned to international competition in the 2005-6 season. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/international/4305994.stm BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Wales Sevens back for Melbourne ] ] They competed at half of the 8 tournaments and won the plate competition(5th place) at each of them. They repeated this feat at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

The star of the 2005-06 squad was Neath and Ospreys player James Hook. Hook has since progressed to the full Welsh national side. In 2006-07, Wales competed in the Dubai, South Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Scotland and England legs of the IRB's World Sevens Series, reaching the semi-finals of the cup at Twickenham and Murrayfield.

Wales are expected to compete at all eight stages of the 2007-08 Sevens. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/welsh/6287928.stm BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Welsh | Rees retains Wales Sevens reins ] ]

IRB World Sevens Series record

Notable former coaches

* Dai Rees

Notable former players

* Lee Byrne
* Jason Forster
* James Hook
* Rhys Oakley

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