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Wales women's 7s secure place at first Commonwealth Games

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Wales' women are to compete alongside seven other nations in the first ever female rugby sevens tournament at the Commonwealth Games.

Wales women's rugby sevens side have secured a place at the 2018 games in Gold Coast, Australia.

The tournament will be made up of the following teams:

  • Australia
  • South Africa
  • England
  • Fiji
  • New Zealand
  • Canada
  • Wales
  • Kenya

The women’s team will be joining the Welsh men’s sevens squad at the tournament

We’re very proud to announce that the Welsh women’s rugby sevens team will be competing in the Gold Coast Games. We’re particularly excited that there will be a Team Wales female sevens presence when the sport appears on the schedule for the first time in 2018. The addition of the women’s tournament to the sport programme is an important step towards making the Commonwealth Games even more inclusive.

Women’s rugby in Wales has seen a huge growth over the past few years, and we congratulate the WRU for all the development work that’s been done to put the Welsh squad in such a strong position to qualify for Gold Coast 2018.

– Helen Phillips, Chair of the Commonwealth Games Wales Board

I’m so proud that the team has made the Commonwealth Games. They totally deserved it after the hard work in Rugby Europe 7s over the two legs in Russia and France, resulting in our highest place finish.

– Nick Wakley, Head Coach

The Welsh men’s and women’s rugby sevens squads will be announced ahead of the Games next year.