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Dan Rundle is hoping Newcastle Wailers can pick up local support - in Coventry! Newcastle Wailers and former Tynedale RFC winger Dan Rundle will be on familiar ground in Saturday's GB7s series; Newcastle Wailers and former Tynedale RFC winger Dan Rundle will be on familiar ground in Saturday's GB7s series.

Byline: Stuart Rayner

Dan Rundle is hoping Newcastle Wailers can pick up some local support today -- in Coventry!

The second leg of the GB7s Series takes place at Broadstreet RFC, which is where the former Tynedale winger's current club, Coventry, train.

"A few of the Coventry fans are coming down to watch so it should make for a great day," said Rundle, the competition's all-time leading try-scorer. "Broadstreet is our loan team and we train there. It has a really wide pitch so that will suit me perfectly."

England, Wales and Ireland all have teams in this season's competition -- the third of its type, all of which Rundle has played in-- alongside the Forces Exiles, Apache and reigning champions Samurai, who include All Blacks sevens star Rocky Khan.

It makes it a good showcase for players like Rundle.

"The standard when I played in the first tournament three years was good but it has just got better and better and the quality of rugby this year was just brilliant," he said. "And it helps when you have the England coach watching the games so it is a good chance to get picked up."

Westoe product Rundle joined Coventry from Tynedale in 2014, and in February also signed up for the City's rugby league side, the Bears.

He did his reputation no harm in the first round of matches in Edinburgh last week, touching down six times.

Two came in the final, where the Wailers lost 24-17 to home side Co-Optimist Rugby Club.

Andy Howells' squad includes three players who lined up for Gloucester in this season's World Club Sevens -- Ben Frankland, Josh Fowles and Sam Showering -- as well as another former Tynedale player in Hamish Smales.

The third and final leg of the competition takes place inColwyn Bay, north Wales, on June 13.

NEWCASTLE SQUAD: Showering, Frankland, Fowles, Morris-Mean, Knox, Nakove, Cochrane, Smales, Jackson, Tincknell, O'Meara, Rundle

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