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Lions name side for the RugbyTown 7s

The Lions 7s have named their 14 man squad for the prestigious 2022 RugbyTown 7s hosted at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado.

This weekend, the Lions will debut in arguably their biggest tournament to date.

Speaking about the tournament, Director Of Rugby Mark Francis had said,

“‘We are hugely grateful to Linda Cassaday and the City of Glendale for inviting Lion 7s to one of the best run events of its‘ kind in the US.A. We look forward to meeting people and playing great rugby.”

The 14 man squad features 4 debutants, a number of young players under the age of 21 and our first overseas based player!

Skipper Arun Watkins, Vice- Captain Austin Beckett and the exciting forward player Avery Smiles-Tyson all retain their places from the Edinburgh City 7s. Making their return from Rugby Europe Paris are Iago Davies, Tom Derrick, Albiee Tayedzerwa & Jack Smith. Luke Pollock & Jago Ford both return after last featuring in the Super Sevens Series at Aldershot. Greg Ramage makes his second appearance of the season after featuring at the South Island 7s.

Debuting for the club is:

Austin Emens – an GB & England 7s, Austin, a 19 year old Bath University student, has previously played for Samurai & RED Wailers.

Mark Sapper – our first ever overseas player, Mark is a student at UCLA and has previously played at St Pauls School in Barnes.

Rhydian Williams – an ex Swansea city footballer, Rhydian is currently studying medicine at Cardiff University and is an exciting addition to the team.

Sion Cawdy – a tall forward, who has in the past spent time with the Ramblin’ Jesters & the Wild Dogs and is currently involved with the Ireland 7s set up.

Speaking about the squad the DoR had this to say:

“Our squad has a core of the players who led us in the UK Super Series this Summer - Tom Derrick, Arun Watkins and Austin and welcomes new talent from Ireland, Wales and the US too …”


1. Sion Cawdy – sponsored by The Upsire Group

2. Arun Watkins – sponsored by Ready4Rugby

3. Austin Emens – sponsored by James Barry and Sons Accountants

4. Jago Ford – sponsored by Sarah’s Trust

5. Tom Derrick - sponsored by Beth Jefferies Therapy

6. Luke Pollock – sponsored by The Uspire Group

7. Austin Beckett – sponsored by EggChaserStash

8. Gregor Ramage – sponsored by ASBW Consutling

9. Iago Davies – sponsored by EggChaser Media

10. Jack Smith – sponsored by SMI Services

11. Albiee Tayedzerwa – sponsored by EggChaserStash

12. Avery Smiles-Tyson – sponsored by The O Windsor

13. Rhydian Williams – sponsored by ASBW Consulting

14. Mark Sapper – sponsored by Wowhydrate

The Lions 7s group games are:


Lions vs Santa Rosa 1:30pm MGT – 8:30pm UK Time

Lions vs Denver Select 4:10pm MGT – 11:10pm UK Time

Lions vs Tsuanmi Barbarians 7:10pm MGT – 2:10am UK Time


Lions vs Ramblin’ Jesters 1:10pm MGT – 8:10pm UK Time

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