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Young Welsh rugby stars from two of our pro rugby teams are relishing the opportunity to shine on the big stage against English clubs at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s final this Sunday.

Having won their places at the final event from the Welsh leg at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park last month, the Cardiff Blues and Ospreys are looking forward to the big occasion at Wasps’ Ricoh Arena in Coventry KO 2pm.

With a record 169 tries scored in 4 rounds of group action, supporters can expect an afternoon of lightning footwork, spectacular pace and eye-catching tries and tackles from the 7s games.

OSPREYS

Injuries and Wales U18 duty in South Africa means the coaching duo of Richard Fussell and Tom Smith have made six changes to the squad that defeated the Scarlets and the Dragons in the Welsh leg in Cardiff last month to progress to the final for the first time.

Steff Andrews will captain the Ospreys in his third Premiership 7s, having represented the region in 2014 and Leicester Tigers the year before, while current Wales 7s international Morgan Williams continues in the squad along with age-grade cap, Joe Gage, the pair having played in all three of the Ospreys’ appearances in the competition.

Bridgend’s Joseph Scrivens and Tom O’Flaherty are named once again alongside David Evans of Aberavon.

Coming into the squad are 19-year old Wales age-grade cap, Matthew Aubrey, experienced Wales 7s international, Chris Knight, Aberavon’s Jonathan Phillips, and Andrew Claypole, Alex Dunham and Mike Sully from Swansea RFC.

Ospreys Sevens Squad

  • Joseph Scrivens
  • Steff Andrews (Capt)
  • Matthew Aubrey
  • Chris Knight
  • Jonathan Phillips
  • Tom O’Flaherty
  • Morgan Williams
  • David Evans
  • Joe Gage
  • Mike Sully
  • Alex Dunham
  • Andrew Claypole

Ospreys skipper Steff Andrews is dreaming big as the Ospreys 7s team now take on Newcastle Falcons in the last eight.

Falcons are the only previous winners still left in the tournament, but according to Andrews the Ospreys have ambitions to go all the way. He said: “We’ve knocked out the champions (Newport Gwent Dragons); it shows exactly what the boys can do.

“If we can have one good game that can set you up massively. Three wins can get you the title, so we’re eyeing up Newcastle for our first game and hopefully that can propel us for the rest of the tournament.

“We expected to push into the final, but now we’re into new territory and we have to take each game as it comes, not looking too far into the future.

“The boys are all looking very sharp. There’s definitely a lot more to come from us, we’ve been looking very sharp in training this week, and 7s is a game where anything can happen on the night.”

As one of the two Welsh sides to have made it to the Finals in Coventry, Ospreys are not as familiar with their Premiership Rugby opposition.

But Andrews believes that will work both ways as they try to spring a surprise on Newcastle in the quarter-finals.

“We don’t know much about Newcastle, but it’s exactly the same for them,” he added.

“We’ve lost a few experienced players from Friday, but it’ll give the boys all fighting for spots a fantastic chance to put themselves out there, show the management and everyone else what they can do ahead of the new season.

“We’ve taken each game as it comes. The boys were unlucky not to make the finals last year, we only missed out by a couple of tries so I guess there will be a point to prove.

“It’s the same for Newcastle, we know their record over the past couple of years so they’ll be coming out there and doing everything to right that wrong.”

Meanwhile, Tom O’Flaherty believes the fact that his side are an unknown quantity can help them spring a surprise at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Final on Sunday. “Being there for the first time will be more of an advantage than a hindrance,” said O’Flaherty.

“The English clubs have not really seen us before and might not know what we’re about. And in a finals day anything can happen, it’s a chance for everyone to have a go and show what they can do. It’s a great chance to be able to wear the Ospreys jersey, a lot of guys are wanting to push on and play at the highest level they can.

O’Flaherty insists the hunger within the camp could be what separates them from the rest. “We’re all looking forward to it, we’ve got a young squad and we feel comfortable and now we’re just raring to go,” he added. “It’s a great platform for everyone to show what they’ve got, showing they can go onto the bigger stage and that will be key for us.”

CARDIFF BLUES

The Cardiff Blues qualified for the Ricoh Arena finale thanks to a Group A clean sweep at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park last month. But they will be without a host of their young stars who are now with Wales Under-18s and depart for South Africa early next week.

Richard Hodges has bolstered his squad with Ethan Davies, who joins fellow Wales 7s core members Adam Thomas, Ben Roach and Owen Jenkins. Ceri Young, who was player of the tournament in the recent Cardiff and District 7s adds to the region’s wing options.

Academy prospect Morgan Sienawski replaces James Botham, while there are also places for invitational stars Johnny Lewis and Aron Wyn Evans. Hodges will once again lead the squad and is joined by skills coach Paul John, who has an abundance of experience from Wales 7s. Rugby General Manager Billy Millard will act as team manager on the day in Coventry, bringing his five years experience as Australia 7s head coach.

Cardiff Blues 7s squad: 1 – Adam Thomas (capt), 2 – Ben Roach, 3 – Morgan Sienawski, 4 – Luke Crocker, 5- Joe Tomlinson, 6- Ceri Young, 7 – Owen Jenkins, 8 – James Beale, 9 – Johnny Lewis, 10 – Ethan Davies, 11 – Aron Wyn Evans, 12 – Declan Williams

Eight teams will play for the first silverware of the season in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Finals from 2pm at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Sunday 7 August.

Finalists are: Cardiff Blues, Ospreys, Newcastle Falcons, Northampton Saints, Exeter Chiefs, Sale Sharks, Harlequins and Wasps.

For tickets visit wasps.co.uk/tickets