Groves takes over Wales 7s team captaincy role

Wales head into the HSBC World Sevens Series 2014/15 with a new captain in the form of Jevon Groves.

The 26-year-old succeeds Adam Thomas who has taken up a regional contract with Cardiff Blues.

Groves has plenty of Sevens experience behind him, having played 20 tournaments on the Sevens World Series before deciding to sign for Newport Gwent Dragons. He returned to Sevens action after a three-year absence for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.

Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams had no hesitation in naming the seasoned campaigner as his lieutenant.

“Jevon is a natural leader. He’s very intelligent in his rugby judgement and he is the perfect role model for the younger guys in the group,” he said.

“We’ve got a number of fresh faces in the Sevens programme and Jevon’s experience will be crucial to the development of the squad as the season unfolds.”

Groves is delighted to be back in the Sevens fold and is also excited at the prospect of combining his Sevens career alongside his new region, Cardiff Blues, having left the Dragons at the end of last season.

“Going back to Sevens is a challenge for me and I’m really looking forward to the season ahead,” said Groves.

“We have a great mixture of experience and youth within the squad and we just have to make sure we hit the ground running in Australia and attack the first day with all guns blazing.”

Wales is grouped with South Africa, Kenya and American Samoa in Pool B.

Wales squad: Jevon Groves (captain), Craig Price, Jason Harries, Sion Bennett, Garyn Smith, Luke Treharne, Tomos Williams, Will Harries, Tom Williams, Alex Webber, Luke Morgan, Rhodri Davies

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