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Wales to be represented at RLWC2017 opening ceremony by Ollie Olds

26th October 2017, 05:18

Wales to be represented at RLWC2017 opening ceremony by Ollie Olds

Ollie Olds will represent Wales at the Rugby League World Cup 2017 opening ceremony in Melbourne tomorrow night.

The opening ceremony will be a curtain raiser to the opening clash of the tournament between Australia and England. 

Olds, who has missed out on selection for the World Cup because of an ACL injury, will carry the flag for Wales at Melbourne Stadium. 

With the halfback already living in Brisbane, Wales Rugby League officials invited Olds to represent them as the tournament is officially launched. 

RLWC2017 CEO Andrew Hill said on the opening ceremony: " It's all about celebrating the world’s best coming together to enjoy the game they all love, rugby league. 

“It’s great to have so many rugby league icons representing all 14 nations as part of the opening ceremony of the Rugby League World Cup. 

“We are so pleased to have each country represented by a past player and/or coach that has a genuine connection to that country.

“We are proud to have Australian talent such as Casey Donovan, along with performers from our host nations Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, celebrating the host nations, teams, players and fans that all make the Rugby League World Cup such a unique tournament."

Wales kick-off their World Cup campaign against Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on Saturday at 3pm (6am BST).

You can watch the match live on Premier Sports, hear it live on BBC Five Live Sports Extra and see highlights on BBC1 nationally on Saturday afternoon at 2.30pm.

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