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What we've learned so far ahead of Rugby League World Cup 2017...

20th October 2017, 23:49

What we've learned so far ahead of Rugby League World Cup 2017...

Wales' squad touched down in Brisbane on Thursday morning ahead of Rugby League World Cup 2017. Here's what we've learned so far...

 

THE START OF A SECOND TRAINING CAMP

After arriving in Queensland, Wales began a second training camp as preparations continue ahead of the World Cup opener in Papua New Guinea.   

The squad had already met up in North Wales the week before. On October 10 and 11, John Kear's men trained at Deeside Leisure Centre and Queensway Stadium. 

There was a controlled session with Wales Students and the training camp concluded with a celebration dinner at the Village Hotel, St David's in Ewloe.

 

AUSTRALIAN-BASED PLAYERS MEET UP WITH THE SQUAD

Josh Ralph and Matty Seamark, who are based on the Gold Coast and Brisbane respectively, linked up with Wales' squad on arrival in Brisbane. 

Ralph has played for Tweed Head Seagulls at the back end of 2017 after beginning the campaign with Newcastle Knights' U20s, while Matty Seamark plays for Wynnum Manly Seagulls in the Queensland Cup. 

Seamark last played for Wales in the last World Cup, but 20-year-old Ralph is yet to earn his first cap. 

Josh Ralph's video interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECOVERY AT THE BEACH

Wales' squad has been down at the beach for a number of recovery sessions as they adapt to the conditions in Australia.

Head of strength and conditioning Adam Daniels has been putting the players through their paces.

Along with sessions in the pool, the players have been practicing some skills on the beach.  

Wales' squad pose for a photo after a recovery session at the beach

 

The players in action during a session