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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: WALES V SERBIA

14th October 2016, 16:34

BIG MATCH PREVIEW: WALES V SERBIA

Media manager Ryan Gould previews Wales' 2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifier against Serbia

Media manager Ryan Gould previews Wales' 2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifier against Serbia, with all the information that you need to know ahead of the match...

 

SETTING THE SCENE 

 

Wales begin their bid for 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualification at Parc Stebonheath on Saturday (3pm kick-off), when they face Serbia. 

 

The Dragons' training camp began just over a week ago as preparation stepped up for the autumn internationals. 

 

After success in last year's European Championships, John Kear's men will be hoping to carry over their momentum to the Qualifiers. 

 

Here are five things that we found out after a couple of days of Wales' training camp

 

WALES' 19-MAN SQUAD

 

John Kear has named his 19-man squad for the clash with Serbia. 

 

It is as follows: 1 Elliot Kear, 2 Rhys Williams, 4 Christiaan Roets, 5 Regan Grace, 6 Courtney Davies, 7 Ollie Olds, 8 Gil Dudson, 9 Lloyd White, 10 Craig Kopczak (captain), 11 Rhodri Lloyd, 12 Lewis Reece, 12 Phil Joseph (vice captain), 14 Steve Parry, 15 Joe Burke, 16 Jake Emmitt, 17 Ant Walker, 18 Andrew Gay, 19 Matty Fozzard, 20 Morgan Evans

 

SERBIA'S 19-MAN SQUAD 

 

Serbia's 19-man squad is as follows: David Andjelić, Reece Grkinić, Daniel Burke, Jason Muranka, Dalibor Vukanović, Stefan Nedeljković, Dalibor Samardzic, Stevan Stevanović, Joshua Marjanović, Džavid Jašari, Pero Madžarević, Miloš Ćalić, Miloš Zogović, Vladislav Dedić, Vojislav Dedić, Chad Grant, James Mirceski, Jordan Grant, Ilija Radan

 

THE VISITORS' ONE TO WATCH 

 

Jordan Grant - although the prop hasn't yet appeared for Wests Tigers' first-team, he has been a stand-out in the club's Holden Cup and NSW Cup sides. The 22-year-old is a big unit in the middle and could be a handful for Wales. 

 

THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE 

 

Chris Campbell has been appointed as the referee for the World Cup Qualifier between Wales and Serbia.

 

After starting out in League 1, rugby league's third tier, a couple of years back, Campbell stepped up to Super League in 2016. 

 

Once he had officiated his first match at the top level, he remained there and has been the man in the middle for Sky Sports fixtures on numerous occasions.

 

He will be assisted by touch judges Mark Craven and Tom Crashley. 

 

FAN INFORMATION

 

Tickets are still available for the Serbia match and can be purchased online HERE

 

Although you can pay on the day, fans are advised to pre-book to avoid any potential queues. 

 

The official matchday programme - a double edition to cover the Serbia and Jamaica internationals - is available for £3, sold around the stadium and you can take a quick look at what's inside HERE