RUGBY Sevens World Cup winning centre Tal Selley has joined Birmingham & Solihull Bees in their quest for Guinness Championship success.
The Welshman has signed a one-year contract with the Sharmans Cross Road outfit after leaving Magners league side Newport-Gwent Dragons.
Selley shot to fame when he scored a vital try in Welsh Seven’s World Cup final win over Argentina in March and the 29-year-old is hoping to continue his fine form in Solihull.
“I think the Championship is going to be a tough division but I’m really excited about playing for the Bees,” said the Wales Sevens top try and points scorer.
“They’re ambitious and playing some expansive attractive rugby which is what I want to do.
“With the work we’re doing now in pre-season I think we’ll cope comfortably and spring a few surprises this year.”
Selley, who has played for all four of his homeland provinces, the only man to do so - at Llanelli (Scarlets), Neath-Swansea (Ospreys), Cardiff (Blues) and latterly Newport-Gwent - received a full cap for Wales in 2005 when he lined up against the USA.
However the 6ft powerhouse has had more joy on the Sevens circuit and highlighted head coach Russell Earnshaw’s influence as a key factor in his move.
“There were lots of places I could have gone this season but the majority wouldn’t let me go and play Sevens.
“I didn’t want to give it up as it’s been the most successful part of my career.”
Earnshaw is hoping the new arrival will improve an already exciting backline which left their mark on National Two last season.
“Tal is a great addition,” he said.
“He is a very good and dangerous player and with him we’re not far off having the back division we’ve dreamed of.”