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Wales Dragonhearts travel to Scotland

8th August 2014, 08:13

Wales Dragonhearts travel to Scotland

Wales Dragonhearts make the long trip to Aberdeen this weekend to face Scotland Bravehearts in their first ever Celtic Nations Cup campaign.

Wales Dragonhearts make the long trip to Aberdeen this weekend to face Scotland Bravehearts in their first ever Celtic Nations Cup campaign.

 

The tournament, which also features Ireland Wolfounds, is a competition that sees all players selected from each country’s domestic Conference competitions.

 

It is a brand new competition following the withdrawal of England Lions. Wales won the old Conference Four Nations title eight times in the 12 years that it was played between 2002 and 2013.

 

The Wales team travel overnight on Friday arriving on Saturday for a Sunday game (kick-off 2pm) but it will be without their head coach Mike Grady and assistant Paul Emanuelli, both of whom will be taking charge of South Wales Scorpions who take on Gloucestershire All Golds in Maesteg on Saturday. These two will take an overnight coach to Scotland from Cardiff following the Championship 1 encounter.

 

The team is selected from clubs all over Wales with Valley Cougars providing the most players. Seven of Wales’ 12 community clubs are represented, five from the south, two from the north.

 

Skipper Chris True from Cardiff Demons will take on an old fashioned captain’s role for the first two days due to the absence of the coaches and he will be helped by team manager Mark Jones.

 

“It’s a big weekend all round,” said Grady. “The travel up there will be a big ask and take its toll on the boys, but training been going really well and the lads are looking really sharp and buying into everything Paul and I ask of them.

 

“We need a good win to start the campaign. With only three games, no one can afford to slip up.

 

“There is a real chance of the team picking up some silverware this year, if we can play to the best of our ability then I don’t think we will be far off.”

 

True adds: “We have made a good start to training, I have been surprised at how quickly it has all come together, which is a credit to the coaching team. There is a great balance of old heads and new blood and enthusiasm. The lads are fit, determined and we will bring a quick, direct form of rugby league that is sure to cause any team problems.

 

“You never know what the opposition is going to be like at this level but I am confident that we can put on a good show and win every game. When you put on the jersey and listen to the anthem it is an

incredible feeling, it steps things up a gear and you give everything.”

 

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Sunday 10th August - Scotland v Wales, Aberdeen, 2pm

Saturday 16th August – Ireland v Scotland, Dublin, 2pm

Saturday 23rd August – Wales v Ireland, Colwyn Bay, 1pm

 

WALES SQUAD (with squad numbers)

1              Ian Newbury (Valley Cougars)

2              Danyl Davies (Valley Cougars)

3              Daryl Carter (Valley Cougars)

4              Aled Davies (Flintshire Falcons)

5              Lewis Stockton (Conwy Celts)

6              Bobby Andrews (Aber Valley Wolves)

7              Callum Bennett (Prestatyn & Rhyl Panthers)

8              Lee Harben Jones (Bridgend Blue Bulls)

9              Ryan Bates (Torfaen Tigers)

10           Scott Briton (Valley Cougars)

11           Bradley Hill (Aber Valley Wolves)

12           Chris True (Cardiff Demons, captain)

13           Gareth Way (Valley Cougars, vice captain)

14           John Ketland (Flintshire Falcons)

15           Dan Henderson (Cardiff Demons)

16           Geraint Clarke (Aber Valley Wolves)

17           Anthony Tilley (Prestatyn & Rhyl Panthers)

18           Lee Goddard (Valley Cougars)

19           Mike Hurley (Valley Cougars)

20           Nathan Hawkins (Bridgend Blue Bulls)

21           Owen Thomas (Bridgend Blue Bulls)