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Skipper Kopczak ready for start of RLWC2017

22nd October 2017, 10:37

Skipper Kopczak ready for start of RLWC2017

Wales' training camp in Brisbane ahead of Rugby League World Cup 2017 has been "absolutely smashing", according to captain Craig Kopczak.

Along with Wales head coach John Kear, Kopczak attended a media day this morning as the tournament was officially launched. 

The Dragons have now been in Brisbane for four days as they focus on Saturday's opener with Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby. 

"The weather's been great, Brisbane's been very welcoming and we're ready to get stuck in," Kopczak said. 

"I think we're starting to settle into the place now, getting over the jetlag and doing bits and bobs alongside training like sightseeing.

"John [Kear's] done the right things in preparation for this tournament; the boys are looking well out on the training field.

"It's been absolutely smashing so far."

On facing Papua New Guinea, Kopczak said: "It's going to be an intimidating place, but we're there to do a job and we're hoping to bring home the points and progress through the group stages."

It will be the second time that the Salford Red Devils forward has captained Wales at a World Cup after taking on the role in 2013.

"It's absolutely fantastic," he said. "It's an absolute pleasure to represent Wales.

"I'm going to go out there, wear my heart on my sleeve and give it everything."

Wales' clash with Papua New Guinea will be shown live on Premier Sports, while BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra are also providing coverage.

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Captains of all 14 countries pose for a photo