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World Cup a target for Wales in European campaign

13th October 2014, 15:26

World Cup a target for Wales in European campaign

Wales will be playing for a place in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup this month when the Rugby League European Championships are held.

Wales will be playing for a place in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup this month when the Rugby League European Championships are held.

 

At the official launch of the Championship, which kicks off this Friday when Wales take on Scotland in Workington, it was announced that the tournament will form part of the qualification process for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

 

Should either Ireland or Wales win, they will qualify directly, joining fellow European nations England, France and Scotland who have already been seeded.

 

Wales coach John Kear said: "It is a massive incentive but for our players being home-grown Welsh, their incentive is first and foremost to pull on a Welsh shirt and you can sense that in their passion and application towards training. They really are throwing themselves literally into everything that we’re doing and it’s very pleasing. World Cup qualification will be the icing on the cake.”

 

Should Wales not win the European Championship then they will have a further opportunity to qualify in another tournament to be held in 2016.

 

Tournament Director Danny Kazandjian commented: “This will be the 32nd edition of European rugby league’s premier international tournament.”

 

“It is the pinnacle of a three-tier European Championship structure unveiled in 2013 which includes eleven countries in total - Greece winning European C on Saturday night in Athens - with this tournament featuring four of the world’s top eleven-ranked nations, in six matches played in five countries.”

 

Following on from the outstanding success of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, some of the profits have been used to fund this competition.

 

“The appetite for a robust, long-term calendar is shared by everyone involved in the sport and the European Championship brand is foremost in the planning of that calendar,” Kazandjian continued.

 

“It dates back to the 1930s and has the potential to become a commercially successful, marquee event, contributing to the sport’s increasing stable of highly successful and visible international occasions.”

 

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.