The Dragons 7s, in conjunction with partner Sports International Magazine, are very pleased to announce that they will be working to support the Welsh Womens VIIs International programme working closely with Head Coach from the Welsh Rugby Union, Rhys Edwards. Players will be released to represent the Dragons 7s to develop their international experience as part of the international invitational side. The aim from both sides is to develop players’ skills and experience by giving them access to one of the most competitive domestic 7’s circuits in the world and therefore this joined up approach will be able to provide the much needed competitive element to support the development work going on within the Womens National programme.
Commenting on this announcement Dragons 7s Director Nigel Francis said, “I’m delighted that we have been able to secure this link, the Dragons started as a Welsh based team and has developed over a number of seasons to become an international invitation side. Given our roots it is fitting that we are able to work with Rhys and his team and ensure player access.”
The Dragons 7s international invitational team is drawing players from Wales, Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Holland and Spain this year, which reflects not only the international arena but also the aspirations of the team. Speaking about the agreement Sports International Magazine Editor Myak Homberger said, ” This is a fantastic opportunity, Welsh Rugby have such passion for the women’s game and I love their plans for the future. This is exactly what the magazine is about, making opportunities happen and showcasing women in sport”
The Dragons 7s have evolved over the past few seasons and now find themselves in a position to ask some of the top talent across the UK and beyond to represent the side. The Dragons have a vision of becoming one of the best sides on the UK circuit, being a side that players want to represent and having a great deal of fun in the process!
“Having seen how the Dragons 7s team has evolved of the last 3 years, I’m really pleased to be able to release players to represent them and gain valuable 7s experience in a multi cultural squad. 7s as a game is integral to a players development with its focus on the fundamental skills at high speed, and an important part of our performance programme.”