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PREVIEW: Wales v Ireland

10th November 2017, 06:26

PREVIEW: Wales v Ireland

Here's all you need to know about Wales' final Rugby League World Cup 2017 group match against Ireland in Perth on Sunday...

 

UP FRONT

Wales will be aiming to leave Rugby League World Cup 2017 on a high with victory over Ireland.

John Kear's men have lost their opening two World Cup group matches and have been knocked out of the competition. 

They were beaten 50-6 by Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby, before losing 72-6 to Fiji in Townsville. 

Before the World Cup, Wales had been unbeaten in six matches, having won the European Cup in 2015 and qualified for the World Cup last autumn.

 

WHAT IS IRELAND'S FORM LIKE?

Mark Aston's side began their World Cup campaign with a convincing 36-12 win over Italy. 

By half-time, they had established a 20-6 lead and they went on to see the game out comfortably. 

Last time out, they were narrowly beaten 14-6 by Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby.

It was only a try in the 77th minute that put the game beyond Ireland, who put up an impressive fight in difficult conditions.

 

WHO ARE IRELAND'S ONES TO WATCH?

Ireland have a wealth of experience across their side. 

However, the man who is often at the heart of what they do well is Liam Finn, who plays under Wales boss John Kear at Wakefield Trinity.

In the victory over Italy, Finn ran the show from the halves. 

Elsewhere, Wigan's Michael McIlorum is dangerous from hooker and fellow forwards such as Kyle Amor and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook are a lot to handle. 

Scott Grix, who Kear also coaches at Wakefield, has fantastic organisational skills at fullback.

 

HOW CAN I WATCH OR LISTEN TO THE MATCH?

Wales face Ireland in Perth at 3.30pm AWST.

This will be Wales' only game that is live on FREE TO AIR TV after it was confirmed that Free Sports TV will show it live from 7am GMT, along with Premier Sports, who will broadcast it in HD.

Free Sports is available on all platforms, as it says, free of charge, apart from Virgin.

You can also follow updates across Wales Rugby League's official channels on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

Get behind Wales at the World Cup by purchasing the new replica kit! Visit the online shop HERE.