5th October 2016, 22:30
KEAR: "PLAYERS HAVE COME IN FULL OF ENERGY"
Wales head coach John Kear was impressed with his players' "energy and enthusiasm" during their first day in training yesterday
Wales head coach John Kear was impressed with his players' "energy and enthusiasm" during their first day in training yesterday.
The Dragons began their preparation for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers and full international against Jamaica at Deeside Leisure Centre.
They went through a wrestle session on the mats in the gym, before heading out on to the field to go through some fitness work and team drills.
On the first day of camp, Kear said: "I'm really pleased with what I've seen so far. I think the players have come in full of energy and enthusiasm.
"There's been an attitude and focus about them and the team meeting that we had afterwards has broken the ice.
"I've been impressed with the new lads. The rest of them are comfortable in themselves and they've enjoyed the success and experience with Wales, but the new lads who have come in have shown that they want to replicate that."
From minute one of the first day of training, the hunger shown to do well in the upcoming internationals was clear to see - and it was something that Kear picked up on.
"It's the end of the season and you wonder whether there will be any physicality left, but that was certainly there," he said.
"When we played the final game against Ireland last year, there were 12 true blood Welsh players. It really does appeal to me.
"There was one player who qualified through residence and four through heritage. There are a lot of players who qualify through grandparents and it means a lot to them to represent Wales."
Wales host Serbia at Parc Stebonheath on Saturday, October 15 at 3pm in the Qualifiers. You can still purchase tickets HERE.
Then, Kear's men face Jamaica in a full international at Wakefield the following Friday, before travelling to Monza to take on Italy in the final Qualifier on Saturday, October 29.
Kear will announce his 22-man squad for the Qualifiers tomorrow morning at 8am. You can find out who's made the squad on www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk.