Rio 2016: James Davies leads Welsh GB Sevens picks

James Davies
James Davies played for Wales Sevens at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Scarlets flanker James Davies is excited to be part of "the greatest show on earth," after being named among four Welsh sevens players who will go to the Rio Olympics with Team GB.

Sam Cross is also in the men's 12-strong squad with Luke Treharne a travelling reserve.

Jasmine Joyce is the only Welsh player to make the GB Women's line-up.

"To have rugby sevens on that stage is only going to help grow the game," Davies told BBC Sport.

"For the audiences who don't get to watch rugby as often as some of us do, it is really going to catch the eye.

"The more people that know about rugby the better, and in terms of a worldwide spectacle, the Olympics is the best event for it.

"It goes without saying that winning Olympic gold, silver or bronze would be special.

"I am looking forward to the whole experience, being part of Team GB, it is nice to join the boxing team, the athletics team, I am looking forward to that."

Wing Luke Morgan suffered a knee injury that ruled him out of contention for rugby's return to the Olympics.

Wales and Cardiff Blues centre Cory Allen also misses out.

Megan Jones, an England Sevens player who attended a Welsh language school, is a travelling back-up for the women's team.


Great Britain sevens men: Mark Bennett (Glasgow), Dan Bibby (Putney), Phil Burgess (Farnborough), Sam Cross (Newport), Alex Davis (Bristol), James Davies, (Carmarthen), Ollie Lindsay Hague (London), Tom Mitchell (Wandsworth), Dan Norton (Bristol), James Rodwell (Cotteridge), Mark Robertson (Galashiels), Marcus Watson (Weybridge).

Great Britain sevens women: Claire Allan (Ealing), Abbie Brown (Exeter), Heather Fisher (Birmingham), Natasha Hunt (Gloucester), Jasmine Joyce (Haverfordwest), Katy McLean (South Shields), Alice Richardson (Worcester), Emily Scarratt (Leicester), Emily Scott (Corringham), Danielle Waterman (Bristol), Joanne Watmore, (Chester), Amy Wilson-Hardy (Poole).

*Brackets denote place of origin