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John Kear complements WRL World Cup organisation

17th January 2017, 10:25

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John Kear complements WRL World Cup organisation

Wales head coach John Kear has complemented Wales Rugby League on their organisation ahead of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.

Wales head coach John Kear has complemented Wales Rugby League on their organisation ahead of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.

 

Wales are on a six-match unbeaten run under the 62-year-old, who coached England in the 2000 World Cup and succeeded Iestyn Harris in the wake of Wales’ disastrous 2013 World Cup.

 

The Dragons won the 2015 European Cup and clinched their trip Down Under with qualifying victories over Serbia and Italy, and Kear says that a well-organised structure, led by team manager Bob Wilson, is in place for them to make an impact in the World Cup.

 

"In all honesty, they're one of the best-run organisations I've been involved with," he said. "They're not a cash-rich organisation but I've always said being professional isn't about being paid highly, it's about your attitude towards the work and how you go about it.

 

"The Wales organisation is absolutely superb. Things are in place for when we fly, we know where we're staying and we know what we've got to do to negate the time difference and the climatic difficulties so we're well in advance.

 

"Basically all I have to do is keep an eye on the long list of squad of players we've drawn up and see how they travel over the course of a season for when we finally pick the squad come October time."

 

Wales will not be playing any full fixtures before the tournament so when they run out against Papua New Guinea for their opening Group C fixture in Port Moresby on October 28, it will exactly a year since their last match, the World Cup qualifying win over Italy in Monza.

 

Kear has also ditched proposals for a mid-season get-together, in contrast to England, whose plans for a pre-season warm-weather training camp in Dubai fell through following opposition from club coaches but who will press ahead with an international against Samoa in Sydney in May.

 

"It's something we spoke about," said Kear, Wakefield's new head of rugby. "We were going to get together during the fallow week when England are playing Samoa but we said 'no' because the demands of Super League and the Championship are too high and the players need a bit of a rest.

 

"We feel we can prepare them adequately off the field and behind closed doors, playing Wales Students or whatever, without exposing them to a full-on game until it means something against Papua New Guinea.

 

"So the first time we'll meet will be in October for things like kit distribution and initial training where they can get to know each other and set goals and there will be a dinner to thank the wives for allowing us take their husbands away for the next month or so."

 

Wales' second and third World Cup games are both in Australia and both the first of double headers. First, in Townsville on November 5th, Wales take on Fiji before Italy face USA, then on November 12th, Europe invades Perth when Wales take on Ireland before England face France.

 

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