Alex Callender to skipper Wales Women 7s

Warriors Women’s Alex Callender has been named Wales 7s captain ahead of this weekend’s Rugby Europe Sevens Championship opener in Lisbon.

Callender, 20, has enjoyed an impressive campaign for Warriors, with the tenacious back-row a driving force during a series of Allianz Premier 15s outings.

“I’m really excited for the challenge of captaining my country,” said Callender, who can help her country to qualification for the 2022 Commonwealth Games with success in the tournament.

“I’m buzzing to get out there and play some sevens rugby.”

Warriors Women Director of Rugby Jo Yapp added: “We are all so pleased to see Alex’s efforts recognised as she has worked extremely hard this season.

“She’s developed into a strong leader and always gives her all on the pitch.”

The first leg of the Women’s Championship, which was formerly known as the Grand Prix, will feature nine teams from across the continent with Wales featuring in Pool B alongside Poland and Belgium.

Wales ’s first match of the day will be against Poland (10.22am local time), before taking on Belgium later in the afternoon (12.22pm local time).

Wales Women’s 7s squad for Lisbon

Alisha Butchers (Bristol Bears)
Alex Callender (C) – (Worcester Warriors)
Gwen Crabb (Gloucester-Hartpury)
Bethan Dainton (Harlequins)
Georgia Evans (Saracens)
Bethan Lewis (Gloucester-Hartpury)
Caitlin Lewis (Unattached)
Jade Mullen (Harlequins)
Lisa Neumann (Sale Sharks)
Kayleigh Powell (Bristol Bears)
Shona Powell-Hughes (Gloucester-Hartpury)
Megan Webb (Unattached)
Robyn Wilkins (Gloucester-Hartpury) 

Rugby Europe Sevens Championship Series Pools: 

Pool A: Russia, Germany, Romania
Pool B: Poland, Belgium, Wales
Pool C: Scotland, Spain, Portugal

The tournaments will be live streamed on Rugby Europe TV.