22nd June 2013, 09:53
WALES CONFIDENT AS WORLD CUP DRAWS NEAR
WHEELCHAIR SQUAD ARE LOOKING TO MAKE A HUGE IMPACT, SAYS COACH CRAIG
By Gary Baker. Wales Rugby League Communiations Manager
WALES have completed their squad for the Wheelchair World Cup which is just under two weeks away.
And the feeling in the camp is one of quiet confidence as they head to Kent for the tournament, said head coach Maurice Craig.
The squad have inherited a real close-knit feeling as they enter the event and are set to cause a few upsets less than a year after playing in the Four Nations.
Craig said: “We have everyone who we wanted ratified done and the squad now is complete. When we went into the four nations last year it was with a scratch team and because it was our first competition we lacked a few motivations and experience at the top international level but that has now settled down and we have more complete team.
“Because we have few new players coming in that nobody knows, we have a few surprises and I am looking forward to them playing and people saying 'Where did they come from'?
“The strength in depth we have means we can play in many different ways. We are not showing any fear and that is what I like. Nobody is saying 'We don't want to play them'?
“Everyone is excited and the motivation is not an issue. Our team spirit is unbreakable they are all friends and not just team-mates and they all want to look after each other.
“I know for a fact that other teams look at us and think 'What have they got'. It fosters the attitude of where players used to play in the same villages and towns. This squad has the same attitude even though they come from places as far as Swindon and Bradford.”
There are a number of nations who are aware of the threat that Wales cause but Craig said that he hopes punters can clean up at the bookmakers.
“The bookies will have us about fourth. Not to put too fine a point on it but if they put us as fourth they will get a caning. I don't want to sound cocky but our team don't get big match nerves. Every game is fun but the best way to have fun is to win.
“That is the attitude our players have. They will support each other to the death and you will never see these lads leave each other at the mercy of others.”
FOLLOW THE ACTION IN BOTH WALES' WHEELCHAIR AND STUDENT WORLD CUPS HERE AT www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk