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Preview: Wales v Ireland

10th November 2018, 18:00

Preview: Wales v Ireland

Check out our preview to find out everything you need to know ahead of Wales' 2021 Rugby League World Cup qualification decider with Ireland.

 

UP FRONT

As France have already booked their spot at the next World Cup, whoever comes out on top between Wales and Ireland will join them.

After defeat to France in their European Championship opener, Wales beat Scotland 52-10 last time out. 

Ireland, meanwhile, started with a victory over the Scottish and lost 24-10 at home to France last weekend. 

Both sides will be eager to put in a positive display at the Racecourse and qualify for the World Cup at the first time of asking.

 

THE SQUADS

Wales and Ireland have both named their 19-man squads for Sunday's clash. 

WALES' 19-MAN SQUAD: Dalton Grant (Bradford Bulls), Josh Ralph (Easts Tigers), Chester Butler, Connor Davies, Curtis Davies, Dan Fleming, Sion Jones (all Halifax), Ben Evans, Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams (all London Broncos), Elliott Jenkins (Rochdale Hornets), Gavin Bennion (Salford Red Devils), Ben Morris (St Helens), Mike Butt, Rhodri Lloyd (Swinton Lions), Jake Emmitt (Toronto Wolfpack), James Olds (West Brisbane Panthers), Morgan Evans, Steve Parry (both West Wales Raiders).

IRELAND'S 19-MAN SQUAD: Michael Ward (Batley Bulldogs), Gregg McNally, Ethan Ryan (both Bradford Bulls), Connor Phillips (Belfast Stags), Peter Ryan (Coventry Bears), Ed O’Keefe (Galway Tribesmen), Ronan Michael (Huddersfield Giants RL), Lewis Bienek (Hull FC), Gareth Gill (Longhorns RL), Tyrone McCarthy (Salford Red Devils), James Bentley (St Helens), Will Hope (Swinton Lions), Liam Finn, Scott Grix, George King (all Wakefield Trinity), Alan McMahon (Waterford Vikings), Liam Byrne, Dec  O’Donnell, Jack Higginson (all Wigan Warriors).

 

TALKING POINTS

If Rhys Williams features for Wales, he will become the joint-record cap holder of all-time, joining Ian Watson and Jordan James on 30 appearances.

The London Broncos winger is already the all-time leading try-scorer, crossing for 21 touchdowns in his Wales career.

Jake Emmitt has been included in John Kear's 19-man squad and could make his first appearance of the tournament. 

 

IRELAND'S ONES TO WATCH

Liam Finn: The halfback, who has signed a deal with League 1 club Newcastle Thunder for 2019, has bags of experience. If you allow him to, he will dictate a game from the halves and cause you plenty of problems.

Scott Grix: Like Finn, Scott Grix has plenty of experience at the top level. He is a real threat from fullback and a player Wales will have to keep a close eye on.

 

INFORMATION FOR SUPPORTERS 

Tickets for the clash are still on sale. By booking in advance, you can save money on matchday prices. 

The Dragon, Wales Rugby League's official matchday programme, will be on sale around the ground for just £2. Find out what's inside

A two-minute silence will be observed prior to the match for Remembrance Day.