RGC star Afon Bagshaw was part of the Wales 7s squad for a major international event.

The talented full-back won his first cap for the national side at the Las Vegas 7s, which saw the Welsh side perform well in the face of some stern competition in the desert.

They began the tournament with a narrow loss to series leaders South Africa, and pushed the title favourites all the way before letting a 14-point lead slip late on.

This was followed by a 33-12 pool defeat at the hands of old enemy England, and the following day began with another 21-19 reverse to Canada, but they ended the competition on a high thanks to a 21-19 triumph over Samoa.

Wales were unable to reach the Challenge Trophy final following a 33-7 reverse to France, which leaves them in 12th spot in the overall standings.

Head coach Gareth Williams, said: "We deserved to beat South Africa and put in our best performance of the season. I thought England were exceptional in keeping the ball away from contact. It made it very difficult to get the ball off them. They're the perfect example of a 420-tournament team.

"However, when we had the ball, we were excellent. Scoring with the only possession we had in the first half, and our second-half try was one of the best tries we'll probably see on the Series this season.

"Needless to say, with three new caps, a number of other very fresh players at this level, I am a very proud coach.

“We lost a two-point game to Canada, and despite playing some excellent rugby, we were too casual with our final pass or ball placement and let Canada off the hook at key moments.

"It was an excellent effort against Samoa. We executed well to get out to a lead, and then pleasingly managed to hold off Samoa's comeback. We managed the last 90 seconds superbly and it was credit to the squad who delivered a superb win."