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Wales squad for the Four Nations

18th October 2011, 07:07

Wales squad for the Four Nations

Wales Rugby League have released their 24-man squad for their Gillette

Wales Rugby League have released their 24-man squad for their Gillette Four Nations campaign which starts with a warm-up match against Ireland this Saturday at The Gnoll in Neath (kick-off 6pm).

The squad contains three potential new caps in Crusaders' Peter Lupton who qualifies under the three-year residency rule, plus two Australian-based players - Matt Seamark who plays for Brisbane Broncos' feeder side Wynnum Manly Seagulls and Tyson Frizell, from Sydney-based NRL side Cronulla Sharks both of whom have Welsh-born fathers.

Out of the 24, half played their Rugby League in Wales throughout 2011, nine for the Crusaders and three for South Wales Scorpions. In addition, Warrington Wolves' Rhys Williams, who needs to score just three tries this year to surpass his coach as Wales' record try scorer, spent some time on loan at Crusaders earlier this year.

The full squad come together for the first time this week after training mainly in north and south camps over the past month.

Wales coach Iestyn Harris said: "It was difficult to reduce a 35-man train-on squad to this squad of 24 but I think we've got a good mix of youth and experience.

"It is in the main, quite a youthful squad with only six of our squad aged in their 30s, the rest of the players all being in their 20s. But they are full of enthusiasm for Wales and are determined to do well. We've a tough competition ahead of us but we know that we can handle it and we're looking forward to getting out there.

"This Saturday's game against Ireland in Neath is so important to us. A few of our players will have had more game-time than others over the last month or two so we need to find out exactly where we are as a squad before we take on England."

Wales kick-off their international season with a warm-up match against Ireland on Saturday 22nd October at The Gnoll in Neath (kick-off 6pm). Tickets are priced £5 for concessions and £10 for adults in advance, going up to £6 and £12 respectively on the day. They can be bought by going to www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk.

 

WALES SQUAD 

Chris Beasley

Central Comets (Australia)

Andy Bracek

Crusaders

Lee Briers

Warrington Wolves

Neil Budworth

MacKay Cutters (Australia)

Ross Divorty

Featherstone Rovers

Gil Dudson

Crusaders 

Ben Flower

Crusaders

Tyson Frizell

Cronulla Sharks (Australia)

Andrew Gay

South Wales Scorpions

Aled James

South Wales Scorpions 

Jordan James

Crusaders 

Danny Jones

Halifax

Craig Kopzcak

Bradford Bulls

Elliot Kear

Crusaders

Mark Lennon

Thirroul Butchers (Australia)

Peter Lupton

Crusaders

Christiaan Roets

South Wales Scorpions

Matt Seamark

Wynnum Manly Seagulls (Australia)

Gareth Thomas

Crusaders

Ian Watson

Swinton Lions

Ian Webster

Central Comets (Australia)

Lloyd White

Crusaders

Lee Williams

Crusaders

Rhys Williams

Warrington Wolves

   

 

COACHES

 

Iestyn Harris

Head Coach

Barry Eaton

Assistant Coach

Damian Gibson

Assistant Coach

Dan Clements

Assistant Coach

Richard Johnson

Doctor

Ben Stirling

Physio

Mark Rowley

Team Manager

John Devereux

Team Manager

Richard Hunwicks

Strength and Conditioning Coach

 

Stats provided by www.rugbyleagueproject.org. Please click on an individual player's name for their record with Wales so far or for pictures and brief stats, go to http://www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk/cymru/four-nations-squad.html