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It’s been billed as the chance to see regional rugby’s brightest rising stars but they’ll be a few well-known faces put to the test at this Saturday evening’s hotly contested Welsh stage of the Premiership Rugby 7s series at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.

Kicking off at 7.15pm in the heart of the Capital, the first-ever Welsh leg of the Premiership Rugby 7s is set to bring out the best from all four regional teams who are show to supporters for the first time in the lead-up to the new 2014/15 season.

It’s the first time that the four Welsh regions have competed in the popular and successful Premiership series, with the two teams who finish top of the pile going through to the final at Twickenham Stoop on Friday, August 8.

All four Regions 7s teams were united in wishing their regional 7s colleagues the best in their campaign with Wales for Commonwealth glory in Scotland this weekend as Sevens Rugby gains momentum and a high profile ahead of its inclusion as an Olympic sport in 2016.

And close to home, excitement for 7s is building in the capital with lots of young talent on show and entertaining fast and furious summer rugby guaranteed – with the Regions’ coaches and players looking forward to the big night of rugby action.

Dan Griffiths, Ospreys Coach said it had the makings of a fun night out for supporters: “It’s a great concept and is something that I can really see taking off and building into something special over the next few years” he said.

“Sevens is quick – with the games coming thick and fast, there’s never a dull moment. It’s ideal for mates having a summer evening out and there should be a great atmosphere with everyone having a good time.”

“There’s some great young talent on display and it’s a real opportunity for supporters at the Arms Park on Saturday to get behind some of these boys and to see what they can do in a pressurised environment. They will be representing their regions and they know that they have to do the jersey and all it stands for proud.”

The Ospreys will be led by Wales sevens international Ross Jones, while there will be a first appearance in an Ospreys shirt for exciting Wales U18 full-back Morgan Williams, who has signed for the region from RGC 1404 ahead of the new season. Experience is provided by Morgan Allen who has played 41 times for the senior Ospreys team.

Former Scarlet and Wales 7s captain Richie Pugh, who was a part of the Wales team that won the IRB Sevens World Cup in Dubai in 2009, has picked an exciting squad of young talented players alongside established 7s and regional players.

Scarlets winger Kristian Phillips will captain the side with summer signings Michael Tagicakibau and Rory Pitman expected to make their Scarlets debuts. Both new recruits will feature up-front alongside Carmarthen Quins second row Sion Bennett and Llanelli hooker Darran Harris who won regional honours last season.

Former Wales Sevens international Richard Smith will lead Cardiff Blues. Blues first team ace Dan Fish is also part of the 7s set-up while scrum half Tomos Williams and back row Ben Roach feature after impressing for Wales Under-20s in the Junior World Championships in New Zealand this summer.

New signing Geraint Walsh will also make his debut in a Blues jersey, after making the switch from Pontypridd, while the likes of Seb Davies, Garyn Smith, Owen Jenkins and Aled Summerhill will all be out to impress after becoming first team squad members this season.

A total of 10 players out of the 12-man squad are Blues Academy members or graduates with youngsters like Ellis Wyn Benham and Dafi Davies among the young crop keen to impress in front of the television cameras.

Newport Gwent Dragons sevens squad will be coached by the talented Nick Wakely who has played sevens for Wales and is now coaching the Samurai 7s in the GB Series. The 33-year-old is also a former Newport, Pontypool and Ebbw Vale utility back.

The Dragons squad consists of four Dragons senior players, three Dragons Academy players, four Gwent premiership players and one unattached individual.

Experienced sevens player Rhys Jones has been named by Wakely to take part in the sevens tournament. The skilled kicker has played for Wales Sevens in the 2010 Commonwealth Games rugby sevens tournament and has gone on to become an integral part on the World Series circuit.

Game 1 – Ospreys v Blues (7.15pm)

Game 2 – Dragons v Scarlets (7.40pm)

Game 3 – Dragons v Ospreys (8.10pm)

Game 4 – Blues v Scarlets (8.35pm)

Game 5 – Ospreys v Scarlets (9.05pm)

Game 6 – Dragons v Blues (9.30pm)

Ticket holders (£3 for concessions) £10 for other guests (£5 concessions). Standing tickets are prices £4 for adult season ticket holders and £8 for other guests and are now available from Parc y Scarlets ticket office. Call 0871 871 8088 now.



Matthew Jenkins, Evan Yardley, Jordan Collier, Morgan Allen, Ross Jones (Capt), Joe Gage, Morgan Williams, Kristian Corbisiero, Chris Williams, Steff Andrews, Rob Dudley-Jones, Joel Matavesi


Sion Bennett, Darran Harris, Rory Pitman, Michael Tagicakibau, Chris Banfield, Dai Treharne, Lee Rees, Connor Lloyd, Kristian Phillips ©, Josh Lewis, Aaron Warren, Kyle Evans

Cardiff Blues:

Cardiff Blues: Ellis Wyn Benham, Seb Davies, Richard Smith (c), Dafi Davies, Ben Roach, Garyn Smith, Tom Williams, Owen Jenkins, Tomos Williams, Geraint Walsh, Dan Fish, Aled Summerhill

Newport Gwent Dragons:

James Benjamin, James Thomas, Rhys Jones, Dorian Jones, Oli Griffiths, Harri Keddy, Owen Davies

Elliot Frewen, Sam Cross, Lewis Hudd, Jonny Lewis, Ed Tellwright, Reserves; Matthew Pewtner, Scott Matthews