WING George Gasson hopes that developing a physical edge with Wales in the World Rugby Sevens Series can help him shine for the Dragons next season.

The 22-year-old from Caerphilly is preparing for this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens after being a regular in Richie Pugh's squad in the current campaign

The former Wales Under-20s speedster made his Dragons debut last season and enjoyed the high of scoring a derby cracker against Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park.

After injuries hindered hopes of establishing himself in the seniors, Gasson hopes to prosper from the steep learning curve on the sevens circuit.

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"This season is my first proper season with the boys. I feel I'm improving my game each tournament, and with that your confidence grows as well," said the 6ft winger.

"After missing a lot of game time with a few injuries, sevens has allowed me lot of ball-in-hand time, taking people on – things that are crucial in my position.

"It's such a fast game, which suits me as a wing, but it's also really physical. The contact area is huge in sevens.

"Over the last few weeks it's really improved my game, such as being a jackaling threat over the ball, which I'd never really think of doing in 15s before.

"You just can't switch off. Even when you're tired, you have to focus and keep working hard. You need to stay switched on, performing whilst you're tired because you have to make those crucial passes and one-on-one tackles."

Gasson, who plays for Bedwas in the Principality Premiership, had a taste of regional rugby and will push for places out wide next season along with fellow young guns Jared Rosser, Will Talbot-Davies, Rio Dyer and Joe Goodchild, who have also prospered from the World Series.

"There's a good bunch of boys at Dragons," said Gasson. "I enjoy being there, learning a lot from the senior players, particularly the back-three guys such as Zane Kirchner and Hallam Amos, who really look after the youngsters.

"I want to finish this sevens season well with Wales, then the aim is to have a good pre-season with Dragons and see where it goes from there."

The here and now is a daunting group in Hong Kong with Wales, ranked 13th in the standings, facing a tough task to qualify for the knockout stages of the cup.

"We've got a good group," said Gasson. "England are first up, which we're all buzzing about, then we've got USA, who we played well against in Vancouver last time out, then finishing off with Spain who've beaten us twice this year, so we owe them."

Wales made it to the Challenge Trophy semi-finals in Canada but are below all their Hong Kong group rivals with the Americans leading the series, England in fifth and the Spanish sitting 11th.

Goodchild joins Gasson in the squad for the tournament and next weekend's leg in Singapore.

The series finishes in London and Paris at the end of May and start of June.

Wales squad: Luke Treharne (captain), Owen Jenkins, Cai Devine, Afon Bagshaw, Ben Roach (all core players); Cardiff Blues: Dafydd Smith, Cameron Lewis; Dragons: Joe Goodchild, George Gasson; Ospreys: Ben Cambriani, Reuben Morgan-Williams; Scarlets: Tomi Lewis, Tom Rogers.

Group fixtures: Wales versus England (11:31am, Friday), USA (05:25am, Saturday). Spain (08:44am, Saturday).