Thomas returns to lead Wales

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:31
Large adam thomas wales

Pontypridd's Adam Thomas returns to the fray to captain Wale at the IRB World Series in Las Vegas.

Pontypridd's Adam Thomas returns to the fray to captain a Wales squad which has just one uncapped player selected for the fourth round of the IRB World Series in Las Vegas from January 24 to 26.

Rookie Dylan Morgan follows in the footsteps of clubmates Lee Williams, Iolo Evans, James Davies and Jason Harries, who have all represented Wales this season, to make the trip to America.

A shoulder injury ruled Thomas out of the third leg of the world series in Port Elizabeth, which saw Wales slip to ninth in the overall series standings, but interim coach Gareth Williams is confident his side can rise to the occasion at the Sam Boyd Stadium.

"We've been around the fifth or sixth mark on the overall series standings this season so it is a bit disappointing to slip to ninth but there are extenuating circumstances for our current position," Williams said.

"In the last round in Port Elizabeth we really struggled with injuries - we were down to the bare bones on the last day with only seven fit players. But the boys showed a lot of character to hang in there," Williams added.

"That character saw us defeat a very strong Canada side in the Bowl quarter-finals before we bowed out against Australia in the semi-finals but boys heads never dropped and they kept going until the final whistle.

"There are no easy games at this level and in Las Vegas we face a tough group against South Africa, Kenya and Canada but if the boys can reproduce the consistency they have shown in previous rounds prior to Port Elizabeth then we stand a good chance of progression."

Wales will be without key playmaker Lee Williams and finisher Chris Knight along with Alex Walker who have picked up knocks since the last round while Adam Field and Alex Webber are still recovering from long term injury.

Wales: Adam Thomas (Pontypridd - captain), *Dylan Morgan (Carmarthen Quins), James Davies (Carmarthen Quins), Sam Cross (Cardiff Met), Jason Harries (Carmarthen Quins), Rhys Shellard (Pontypridd), Rhodri Davies (Llandovery), Rhys Jones (Cross Keys), Will Thomas (Cardiff), Will Price (Aberavon), Ashley Evans (Bridgend), Luke Morgan (Bridgend).

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 31 March 2017
Highlanders v Rebels 06h35 Dunedin
Sat, 01 April 2017
Blues v Force 04h15 Auckland
Chiefs v Bulls 06h35 Hamilton
Reds v Hurricanes 08h45 Suncorp Stadium
Stormers v Cheetahs 13h05 DHL Newlands
Zebre v Connacht 14h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Lions v Sharks 15h05 Ellis Park Stadium
Leinster v Wasps 15h15 Dublin
Munster v Toulouse 17h45 Limerick
Sun, 02 April 2017
Waratahs v Crusaders 06h05 Allianz Park
Saracens v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Allianz Park
Clermont Auvergne v Toulon 15h15 Clermont-Ferrand
Mon, 03 April 2017
Maties v UJ 14h30 Stellenbosch
UP-Tuks v Shimlas 17h00 Pretoria
Thu, 06 April 2017
Ulster v Leinster 22h00 Kingspan Stadium
SEVENS
MORE LOGS
Pool 00
Team P W D L Pts
Chile 0 0 0 1 10
Papua New Guinea 0 1 0 0 1
Pool 19
Team P W D L Pts
England Sevens 0 0 0 0 19
Pool 20
Team P W D L Pts
Uganda Sevens 0 0 0 0 2
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Fiji Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Canada Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Australia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
France Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
United States Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Japan Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool D
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Russia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool
Team P W D L Pts
Wales Sevens