19th October 2018, 07:38
Davies twins pushing for a place in Kear's line-up
Curtis and Connor Davies have become only the second set of twins to be named in a senior Wales squad.
The only previous twins to feature for the Dragons are Rhys and Ben Evans and the later has also been included in the squad for this autumn's European Championship and 2021 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers.
Born in Swansea, the Davies twins came through the development pathways in Wales, starting out with Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera in Champion Schools, and have previously featured for their country at various levels.
They have since moved to Yorkshire and both players made their first-team debuts for Halifax in the back end of the 2018 season during the Qualifiers.
Massive Congratulations to our own @ChesterButler95 @DanFlem123 @curtdavies71 @ConnorDavies15 & Sion Jones who have all been picked in the 25 man @WalesRugbyL Squad!!!#FAXFAMILY #ONWARDSANDUPWARDS pic.twitter.com/JCmVK0fZeU— Halifax RLFC (@Halifax_RLFC) October 18, 2018
"Earning a call-up for your country is something everybody wants to do when they start playing sport," Curtis said.
"I think I've played in every age group for Wales and it probably shows you can get somewhere through hard work.
"But I know I'm now going to have to work even harder.
"I don't want to just be a squad member. It would be wrong of me if I did that because I don't have that kind of mindset.
"I've never worked with John Kear before so I want to go in and make a good first impression."
On making his first start for Halifax at first-team level this season, he said: "It did seem like a long time coming, I suppose, but there are some very good players at the club, especially in my position.
"I put my head down, worked hard and I was then given my debut.
"There's my brother and three other Halifax players in the squad so I know quite a few of the lads. Steve Parry also used to coach me when I was younger.
"I've been in Yorkshire for around four years now and I'm quite settled. I've been in university up here and travelling to Halifax for training and matches.
"It is a long way from home and I do miss the family from time to time, but I'm really enjoying it."
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🏴 PATHWAY | 1⃣9⃣ members of #WalesRL's 🐲 2⃣5⃣-man squad for the European Championship and @RLWC2021 qualifiers have come through our own development pathway! 👏— Wales Rugby League 🏴 (@WalesRugbyL) October 18, 2018
Are you backing the lads this autumn as we take on @FFRXIII, @scotlandrl and @Irelandrl?#rugbyleague pic.twitter.com/h2n4FBncZR