28th October 2016, 13:24
BIG MATCH PREVIEW: ITALY V WALES
Media manager Ryan Gould previews Wales' trip to Italy for their final 2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifier
Media manager Ryan Gould previews Wales' trip to Italy for their final 2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifier.
SETTING THE SCENE
Wales will be looking to respond to their 16-16 draw with Jamaica in a full international at Wakefield's Belle Vue Stadium.
After a 50-0 win over Serbia in their opening World Cup Qualifier, The Dragons' display against Jamaica was disappointing.
However, training on the back of it has been very positive as John Kear's men aim to avenge their defeat to the Italians in the 2013 World Cup.
Italy, meanwhile, have also beaten Serbia in their bid for qualification, as they picked up a 62-14 win in Belgrade last weekend.
They blew the Serbians away in the first-half, leading 32-0 at the break, before seeing out the game comfortably for a comprehensive win.
WALES' 19-MAN SQUAD
1 Elliot Kear, 2 Rhys Williams, 6 Courtney Davies, 8 Gil Dudson, 9 Lloyd White, 10 Craig Kopczak, 11 Rhodri Lloyd, 13 Phil Joseph, 14 Steve Parry, 15 Joe Burke, 17 Anthony Walker, 18 Andrew Gay, 19 Matty Fozard, 20 Morgan Evans, 22 Connor Farrer, Dai Evans, Ben Morris, Sam Hopkins, Danny Ansell
ITALY'S 19-MAN SQUAD
Dean Parata (Blacktown), Patrik Ziliotti (Brianza Tigers), Joel Reithmuller (Cairns Brothers), Jayden Walker (Cronulla Sharks), Terry Campese, (Hull KR), Christophe Calegari (Lezignan Corbieres), Guiseppe Pagani (Lions Brescia), Gavin Hiscox (Mackay Cutters), Gioele Celerino (Newcastle Thunder), Kieran Quabba (North Queensland Cowboys), Ryan Ghietti, Col Wilkie, Justin Castellaro (Northern Pride), Richard Lepori (Oldham Roughyeds), Mason Cerruto (Parramatta Eels), Shannon Wakeman (St George-Illawarra), Brenden Santi (Townsville Blackhawks), Chris Centrone (Wyong Roos), Mirco Bergamasco (unattached)
THE VISITORS' ONE TO WATCH
Terry Campese - the halfback is one of the most experienced players within the Italy squad. He turned out for Canberra Raiders in the NRL for the best part of a decade, before moving over to the UK with Hull KR in 2015. The 32-year-old can control a match from the halves if he is allowed to, as shown in Italy's win over Serbia, so Wales will have to be on their guard.
You can read what head coach John Kear and new boy Sam Hopkins had to say ahead of the Italy match HERE.
Meanwhile, Danny Ansell - who was only contacted about linking up with the Wales squad on Tuesday morning - spoke to the official website. Read his interview HERE.
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Chris Campbell has been appointed as the referee for the World Cup Qualifier between Italy and Wales.
The last time he officiated a Wales fixture was two weeks ago, when Wales faced Serbia in Llanelli in their opening qualification match.
Mr Campbell will be assisted by touch judges Peter Parker and Joe Cobb, who refereed The Dragons' draw with Jamaica.
The match will be live streamed on YouTube and fans will be able to watch it HERE.