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Wales starTom Prydie in Commonwealth Games sevens squad

Tom Prydie
Tom Prydie is the youngest player to play for Wales

Teenage wing Tom Prydie has been named in the Wales Sevens squad for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

The 12-man squad includes two Rugby World Cup Sevens winners Richie Pugh and Lee Williams, who return to the side after an 18 month absence.

There are three uncapped players in Prydie, fellow Ospreys flier Kristian Phillips and Llanelli's Aaron Shingler.

"It is great too to have young Ospreys Tom Prydie and Kristian Phillips on board," said coach Paul John.

Prydie, 18, hit the headlines when he became the youngest player to play for Wales when he was selected by coach Warren Gatland in the Six Nations clash against Italy in March. He has since gone on to win four senior caps.

"Although both [Prydie and Phillips] are inexperienced at the Sevens game, both have performed well in recent competitions and in training," added John.

"Although Tom is already a Wales international, this is a great opportunity for him and one that I have no doubt, will improve his game.

"It's a boost to the squad to have Rugby World Cup Sevens winners Richie Pugh and Lee Williams back in the fold. Their experience at both in sevens and in the fifteen-a-side game will be vital as we know the tournament in Delhi will be fiercely contested with medals at stake.

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"We are extremely grateful to both the clubs and regions for the release of players to us for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

"The squad has gelled really well, with most of the players having trained and played together throughout last season."

Wales face India, Tonga and South Africa in Pool A and if they progress to the quarter-finals will face the winners or runners-up from Pool B - New Zealand, Scotland, Canada or Guyana.

The Wales Sevens squad complete their Commonwealth Games preparations in Dubai next week before continuing onto Delhi ahead of the Rugby Sevens competition at Delhi University on 11-12 October.


Wales Sevens Commonwealth Games squad:

Name: Jevon Groves (captain)
Date of birth: 3 April, 1988
Club: Cross Keys
Position: back-row in 15-a-side, forward in sevens

Name: Alex Cuthbert
Date of birth: 5 April, 1990
Club: Blues
Position: Wing

Name: Gareth Davies
Date of birth: 2 March, 1984
Club: Cardiff
Position: Outside-half

Name: Ifan Davies
Date of birth: 22 July, 1983
Club: Llandovery
Position: wing

Name: Rhys Jones
Date of birth: 23 August, 1987
Club: Newport
Position: Outside-half

Name: Kristian Phillips
Date of birth: 2 September, 1990
Club: Ospreys, Neath
Position: wing

Name: Tom Prydie
Date of birth: 23 February, 1992
Club: Ospreys, Swansea
Position: wing/full-back

Name: Richie Pugh
Date of birth: 10 August, 1983
Club: Scarlets
Position: flanker in 15-a-side, flanker in sevens

Name: Lee Rees
Date of birth: 17 January, 1991
Club: Scarlets, Llandovery
Position: wing in 15-a-side, scrum-half in sevens

Name: Rhys Shellard
Date of birth: 26 June, 1985
Club: Cardiff
Position: flanker

Name: Aaron Shingler
Date of birth: 7 August, 1987
Club: Scarlets, Llanelli
Position: lock

Name: Lee Williams
Date of birth: 27 October, 1986
Club: Scarlets
Position: wing in 15-a-side, scrum-half in sevens



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