22nd September 2017, 11:57
Lloyd White pulls out of Wales' train-on squad for World Cup
Lloyd White has withdrawn from Wales’ train-on squad for Rugby League World Cup 2017 because of injury.
The 28-year-old injured his hamstring last weekend while kicking a goal for Widnes Vikings during the Super 8s Qualifiers clash with London Broncos.
White, who has won 15 caps for Wales in his career to date, won’t be able to recover in time for the tournament.
On the loss of White, Wales head coach John Kear said: “Everybody wants the opportunity to play in a World Cup but, unfortunately for Lloyd, he has picked up a hamstring injury.
“He’s picked up the injury kicking for goal, which is very unusual, so it’s unfortunate for him that it’s happened.
“It’s a shame to lose Lloyd, but we still have quality in the hooker position.
“Steve Parry, for me, should be playing at a higher level, Matty Fozard has probably been Sheffield’s stand-out player in the Championship this season and we also have Connor Farrer, who is a young, up-and-coming player.”
Lloyd White said: “I’m obviously disappointed, but you’ve got to take these things on the chin. Anything can happen in sport.
“Missing out will give me a chance to get a full pre-season under my belt and catch up on some university work that I’ve missed, so it’s not the end of the world.
“I’ll be looking to play for Wales again as soon as the opportunity arises.
“I wish all the boys well on their trip and hope they do as well as I know they can.”
WALES' TRAIN-ON SQUAD FOR RLWC2017: Larne Patrick (Castleford Tigers), Zak Williams (Coventry Bears), Courtney Davies, Steve Parry, Lewis Reece (all Gloucestershire All Golds), Danny Ansell (Hunslet), Sam Hopkins (Leigh Centurions), Michael Channing, Ben Evans, Dalton Grant, Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams (all London Broncos), Josh Ralph (Tweed Head Seagulls), Matty Barron (Newcastle Thunder), Joe Burke (Oldham), Caleb Aekins, Daniel Brown (both Penrith Panthers), Ant Walker (Rochdale Hornets), Craig Kopczak (Salford Red Devils), Matty Fozard (Sheffield Eagles), Morgan Evans, Connor Farrer, Andrew Gay, Christiaan Roets (all South Wales Ironmen), Regan Grace, Elliot Jenkins, Morgan Knowles, Ben Morris, Calvin Wellington (all St Helens), Rhodri Lloyd (Swinton Lions), Jake Emmitt, Dan Fleming (both Toronto Wolfpack), Rhys Evans (Warrington Wolves), Gil Dudson (Widnes Vikings), Phil Joseph (Workington Town), Matty Seamark (Wynnum Manly Seagulls)
Wales will open their Rugby League World Cup 2017 campaign against Papua New Guinea in Port Morseby on Saturday, October 28.
They will then travel to North Queensland to take on Fiji in Townsville on Sunday, November 5.
John Kear’s men will face Ireland in Perth on Sunday, November 12 in their final group match.
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