Aled told to Brew up a storm
November 29, 2007
Discarded Wales wing Aled Brew has been urged to use this weekend's Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens as a chance to relaunch his stuttering career.
Brew missed out on Wales's World Cup squad after a disappointing performance in the record 62-5 defeat to England in August.
And after returning from a season-long loan with the Newport Gwent Dragons, he is now struggling to break into the Ospreys side.
As a result Brew's fledgling career is already at a crossroads - but Sevens coach Dai Rees is confident this weekend's tournament will help his ``rehabilitation''.
Rees said: ``Aled Brew was capped three times last year but he is not playing for the Ospreys and has lost a bit of confidence.
``It is a big time for him now. We hope he will come through here and go back to challenge for a regular place for his region
``Last year he played regularly for the Dragons and it improved his game. Unfortunately there is a lot of competition at the Ospreys and he is not really playing.
``That has affected his confidence but this is a chance to relaunch his international career.''
Brew made his Test debut off the bench against Ireland earlier this year and started against Australia and England in the summer.
There could not be a more opportune moment for Brew to shine that this weekend, with new national coach Warren Gatland due to arrive in town on Saturday.
Wales are core members of the IRB's World Series for the first time this year, meaning they will play in all 10 tournaments, after identifying it as a vital development tool.
James Hook and Tom James have both shone for the Welsh at the Dubai tournament in recent years and are now members of the Test side.
Wales open their campaign against the United States tomorrow morning and, in a group which also features Samoa, their minimum target this weekend is a quarter-final place.
``We have played against New Zealand and Scotland in training and it is pushing the guys out of their comfort zone,'' said Rees.
Rees is looking forward to meeting Gatland and discussing the future.
``He comes from a country that supports Sevens - New Zealand are the current World Series champions - and it will be good to get to know him and hear what ideas he has,'' he said.
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