Wales national rugby sevens team

The Wales national rugby sevens team competes in the Rugby World Cup Sevens and the Commonwealth Games. It also competed World Rugby Sevens Series although it has been replaced by a combined Great Britain team in this competition.

UnionWelsh Rugby Union
Emblem(s)The Prince of Wales's feathers
Coach(es)Richie Pugh
Top scorerLuke Morgan (655)
Most triesLuke Morgan (131)
Team kit
Change kit
World Cup Sevens
Appearances6 (First in 1993)
Best result2009, Champions
Team Wales at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Wales were the World Cup Sevens Champions after winning the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens in the United Arab Emirates. But they relinquished that title after failing to defend their crown at the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow.

The Welsh sevens squad was disbanded by the Welsh Rugby Union due to financial constraints. After a three-year absence, the Wales sevens team returned to international competition in the 2006–07 season.[1] They competed at half of the eight tournaments and won the plate competition (fifth place) at each of them.[citation needed] They repeated this feat at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

The star of the 2005–06 squad was Neath RFC and Ospreys player James Hook. Hook later progressed to the Wales national 15-a-side team. 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 have been a core team that has competed in all legs of the IRB Sevens Series since the 2007–08 season.

At the 2016 USA Sevens, Wales beat Canada, Portugal, Scotland and France to win the Bowl final and claim 9th place.

Tournament history edit

Rugby World Cup Sevens edit

World Cup Sevens record
Year Round Position Played Won Lost Drew
  1993 Plate Semifinalists 11th 6 3 3 0
  1997 Plate Quarterfinalists 13th 5 1 3 1
  2001 Plate Semifinalists 11th 7 3 3 1
  2005 Did not enter
  2009 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0
  2013 Quarterfinalists 5th 4 3 1 0
  2018 Round of 16 11th 5 3 2 0
  2022 Challenge quarter-finals 15th 5 2 3 0
Total 1 Title 7/8 38 20 16 2

Commonwealth Games edit

Commonwealth Games record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
  1998 Quarterfinalists 5th 5 2 3 0
  2002 Plate Semifinalists 7th 5 2 3 0
  2006 Plate Winners 5th 6 4 2 0
  2010 Plate Semifinalists 7th 5 2 3 0
  2014 Plate Finalists 6th 6 3 3 0
  2018 Seventh playoff 7th 5 3 2 0
  2022 Ninth–twelfth playoff 11th 5 2 3 0
Total 0 Titles 7/7 37 18 19 0

2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens edit

In Wales's first ever cup final appearance in a major rugby sevens event, Wales played Argentina in the 2009 World Cup Final.

In the Group stages Wales beat Zimbabwe 31–5 and Uruguay 27–0 before losing to Argentina 14–0 in the final pool match, leaving Wales uncertain of a cup quarterfinals spot. With results going their way Wales made it to the cup quarterfinals as one of the second place qualifiers for the first time in their history.

Wales beat favourites New Zealand in the quarterfinals 15–14, and defeated Samoa in the semifinals 19–12.

Wales faced Argentina for the second time in the tournament in the Final. Wales started with the same team that played against New Zealand and Samoa earlier in the day. At half time Wales had a lead of 12–7 after tries from Richie Pugh and Tal Selley. In the second half Argentina levelled the score at 12–12. With less than 90 seconds left, Wales's Aled Thomas scored underneath the posts and with a successful conversion put Wales into the lead at 19–12. Argentina claimed the restart. After the siren sounded to indicate there was no time left on the clock Argentina fumbled the ball in a ruck leading to the ball being kicked out of play and Wales being crowned the 2009 Sevens Rugby World Cup Champions.

2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens (Winners)
Day Round Opposition Score Scorers
Day one Group stage   Zimbabwe 31 – 5 Tries: C. Hill (3), L. Williams, A. Brew
Conv: A. Thomas (3)
Day two Group stage   Uruguay 27 – 0 Tries: R. Pugh (2), A. Thomas, J. Merriman, L. Beach
Conv: L. Williams (1)
Day two Group stage   Argentina 0–14 Tries:
Day three Cup Quarterfinal   New Zealand 15 – 14 Tries: L. Williams, T. Isaacs, R. Pugh
Day three Cup Semifinal   Samoa 19 – 12 Tries: T. Isaacs, T. Selley, A. Brew
Conv: A. Thomas (2)
Day three Cup Final   Argentina 19 – 12 Tries: A. Thomas, T. Selley, R. Pugh
Conv: A. Thomas (2)

2009 World Cup winning squad edit

The 12-man squad, coached by Paul John of Pontypridd, for the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens.

Player Club
Rhodri McAtee Cornish Pirates
Lee Williams Scarlets
Tom Isaacs Newport Gwent Dragons
Craig Hill Newport Gwent Dragons
James Merriman Unattached
Tal Selley Newport Gwent Dragons
Aled Brew Newport Gwent Dragons
Aled Thomas London Welsh
Rhys Webb Ospreys
Richie Pugh Exeter Chiefs
Dafydd Hewitt Cardiff Blues
Lee Beach (c) Neath

World Rugby Sevens Series record edit

2006–2007 Series (sixth overall)
First Day Event Finish
2006-12-01 Dubai Shield winners
2006-12-08 George Plate winners
2007-02-02 Wellington Did not compete
2007-02-10 San Diego Did not compete
2007-03-30 Hong Kong Plate winners
2007-04-07 Adelaide Bowl winners
2007-05-26 London Cup semi-finalists
2007-06-02 Edinburgh Cup semi-finalists
2007–2008 Series (eighth overall)
First Day Event Finish
2007-11-30 Dubai Bowl semi-finalists
2007-12-07 George Bowl winners
2008-02-01 Wellington Plate runners-up
2008-02-09 San Diego Bowl winners
2008-03-28 Hong Kong Cup Quarter finalists
2008-04-05 Adelaide Bowl runners-up
2008-05-25 London Bowl runners-up
2008-05-31 Edinburgh Cup semi-finalists
2008–2009 Series (ninth overall)
First Day Event Finish
2008-11-29 Dubai Bowl semi-finalists
2008-12-06 George Bowl semi-finalists
2009-02-07 Wellington Plate runners-up
2009-02-15 San Diego Bowl semi-finalists
2009-03-29 Hong Kong Plate semi-finalists
2009-04-05 Adelaide Plate semi-finalists
2009-05-24 London Bowl runners-up
2009-05-31 Edinburgh Cup semi-finalists
2009–2010 Series
First Day Event Finish
2009-12-04 Dubai Bowl winners
2009-12-11 George Bowl winners
2010-02-05 Wellington Bowl winners
2010-02-13 Las Vegas Plate semi-finalists
2010-03-19 Adelaide Plate semi-finalists
2010-03-26 Hong Kong Bowl runners-up
2010-05-22 London Plate semi-finalists
2010-05-29 Edinburgh Bowl winners

Team edit

Current squad edit

Player Club
Luke Treharne
Tyler Morgan
Morgan Sieniawski Pontypridd
Sam Cross Ospreys
Tom Brown Oxfam Crusaders
Callum Williams Scarlets
Owen Jenkins Os Belenenses
Tom Williams
Morgan Williams Scarlets
Cole Swannack Newport
Lloyd Lewis Pontypridd
Ewan Rosser Dragons
Callum Carson Aberavon

Notable former players edit

Notable former coaches edit

References edit