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Peter Lupton named as Wales captain

12th October 2014, 21:47

Peter Lupton named as Wales captain

Peter Lupton has been named as the new Wales captain for their 2014 European Championship opener on Friday when they take on Scotland at Workington Town.

Peter Lupton has been named as the new Wales captain for their 2014 European Championship opener on Friday when they take on Scotland at Workington Town.

 

The 32-year old former Celtic Crusaders player will lead his team out on his own club pitch and he can’t wait for the prospect.

 

“I was really surprised when John Kear approached me,” he said. “But it’s an honour to captain a Wales team and I’m very honoured.

 

“It’s a bonus that the first game will be at Workington Town, my home club. Hopefully we can get a few Workington fans there supporting Wales and that a good few of my family and friends will come out too.”

 

Wales will also be taking on France and Ireland in this tournament. The Welsh are the holders of this cup having won the title four years ago. The prize is once again a place in the next Four Nations championship against England, Australia and New Zealand, which will take place in 2016.

 

“This is a very important tournament for all of us,” Lupton adds. “We want to try and get into the Four Nations once again and hopefully we can make a good start.”

 

Wales coach John Kear believes that Lupton, who made his Wales debut three years ago in a 30-8 win over Ireland in Neath, is the right man for the job.

 

“We’ve already had a couple of training sessions and Peter stood out as an experienced leader,” he said. “It seemed a logical choice to me and it’s a bonus for him that we’re playing on his home club ground first up.

 

“What’s really pleased me about the two training sessions we had last week is commitment of the group as a whole. Some players made eight hour round trips on the day to get to them and there were no issues whatsoever. They worked solidly for the duration and went home. The commitment to the Wales cause has been outstanding.”

 

Wales v Ireland takes place at the Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium on Sunday 2nd November, kick-off 2.30pm. Tickets and hospitality for this match can be bought at www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk.