Adam, Jevon and Alex
Three rugby players from Rhondda Cynon Taf will represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games this week.
Jevon Groves, Adam Thomas and Alex Webber will be representing Wales in Rugby Sevens.
Jevon, of Llantrisant, is a former pupil at Y Pant. He captained the Rugby Sevens team to the plate semi final during the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Jevon has also made international appearances for Wales U19 and U20.
He took on a full-time contract with Newport Gwent Dragons in 2012, but has recently come back to Sevens.
"It was a huge honour to captain the team at the last Commonwealth Games in Delhi and I am looking forward to competing in the next Games," he said.
Adam, of Ynysybwl, is a former pupil at YG Rhydyfelin and plays for Cardiff Blues. He is current Sevens captain. At the 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup, he led the team to the quarter final, where they lost to New Zealand.
“It is a massive honour to represent Team Wales at the Commonwealth Games - I feel privileged,” he said.
“I have been captain of the Wales Sevens team since 2013 but I did not take it for granted that I would be chosen to lead the team in Glasgow."
Winger Alex, of Ystrad, Rhondda, is a former pupil of Ferndale Community School and plays for Pontypridd RFC. He scored his debut try in the IRB World Series in Dubai in 2012. He has also gained international honours for Wales Rugby League.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Sport, Cllr Ann Crimmings, said: “We have a long and proud tradition of rugby playing in our Valleys and I am sure many people will be cheering on the boys and I would like to wish Adam, Jevon and Alex all the best in the forthcoming Games.
“They have all gone from playing schools rugby to representing Wales in a relatively short space of time and their stories will hopefully inspire residents young and old to get involved in sport. The Council’s Sport RCT team can point you in the right direction to clubs and can also provide support to coaches and volunteers who want to develop their skills.
“If rugby is not the sport for you but you want to get fitter and healthier, then our leisure centres provide the perfect opportunity to do so with a range of facilities and classes to suit everyone.”
To find out more please visit our Leisure and Sport RCT pages.