The highest competition for rugby sevens, the Rugby World Cup Sevens (RWC7s), kicks off on Friday. Wales, a former World Cup winner, will look to restore pride in the 7s jersey when their men’s team takes the field.
Attending the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens. event is a highlight for any player involved. Each of the men will have high hopes of representing the Cymru, and begins with a match-up against Zimbabwe.
The three day tournament will see the Men’s and Women’s side playing for top honors, at the iconic AT&T Park in San Francisco from July 20-22. The top ranked International Women’s and Men’s side will fight for the Gold; both held by the Kiwis.
Proud history at RWC7s tournament
In one of the more outstanding results for Welsh Rugby, the 2009 title win by Wales was a peak moment. As surprising to the opposition, as it may have been to supporters of Wales.
Do you remember 2009? The year Wales won the Rugby World Cup Sevens.
— World Rugby Sevens (@WorldRugby7s) July 14, 2018
Now in 2018, with the game a much more widely supported form of the sport, Wales must expect much bigger support. Along with the World Rugby coverage, Wales Rugby will promote the tournament heavily, as will diehard Welsh fans.
The support will be across many channels. HD footage, with both live matches and ‘on demand viewing’. The wide-base of support is something that will assist the side, with both new and experienced players looking to restore Welsh pride on the rugby sevens field.
RWC7s – Who to watch in Wales squad
Luke Morgan is a player who has achieved much. The Wales flyer is his country’s all-time leading try scorer in the shorter format of the game, with 131 touchdowns and will be a key figure for Gareth Williams’ side in San Francisco.
Wales Sevens team-mate Sam Cross is another who is versatile. Acclaimed in the XVs national team, Cross adds value to team, and his presence will be inspiring to young players.
🔴 Penwythnos enfawr yn gychwyn nos Wener yma yn erbyn Zimbabwe. pic.twitter.com/AnGH3Zn9t3
— Welsh Rugby Union 🏉 (@WelshRugbyUnion) July 16, 2018
Cory Allen is another with ‘big wraps’. A senior figure; if only in his mid-twenties, yet the 25-year-old knows that this tournament will be tougher than ever. That is in terms of the ‘knockout format’. He insists the change in this World Cup’s format from pool stages to knock-out rugby will benefit his side, but knows full well his teammates must not underestimate Zimbabwe.
“It is going to be different to previous sevens events because there are no pool stages anymore.”
“In the past you could probably afford to drop a game, but now it’s sudden death and there is absolutely no room for error,” Allen told the WRU website.
Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018: the Verdict
Without getting ahead of themselves, Wales should be ready to play multiple matches this weekend. Their second match-up could be a battle against the England, and that would be one to watch.
The reality is, that teams like Wales must still compete against the ‘best in the world’. That means England, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Sevens Series champions, South Africa.
On the World Series circuit, and especially in an Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament, taking your opportunities is key. So in respect of the opposition, this weekend, Wales can dream big – because every other side will be.
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