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VIDEO Wales name squads for both Sunday games

11th November 2011, 14:34

VIDEO Wales name squads for both Sunday games

Wales Rugby League have named their squads for both of their matches



Wales Rugby League have named their squads for both of their matches in Wrexham this Sunday.

The first team take on Australia in their final Gillette Four Nations match at the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium (kick-off 5.45pm) after the Wales under 18 side take on England Community Lions on the opposite side of Wrexham, at the Queensway International Stadium (kick-off 1pm).

Wales are looking for their first ever win at full international level against the Australians. Since October 7th 1911, when the first game was played in Ebbw Vale, Australia have won all 12 previous encounters.

However a Welsh League XIII beat the first Australian tourists 14-13 in Merthyr Tydfil in January 1909 while the old Merthyr Tydfil side also beat them 15-13 a month later.

Iestyn Harris has declared that all of his fit players are in with a chance of playing this Sunday. His has named an initial 22-man squad, with just two players ruled out through injury.

Cronulla's Tyson Frizell hasn't recovered from an arm injury obtained last Saturday against New Zealand while possible South Wales Scorpions capture Peter Lupton has also failed to overcome his hamstring problems that has kept him out of the tournament.

With the odds stacked against his side once again, Wales coach Iestyn Harris has said that he is looking for a more solid performance from his side as he prepares for the future.

"The players have learned a lot over the last few weeks by playing against some of the best players in the world," he said. "Last week against New Zealand we improved on how we played against England. We know that we still have a lot of improvements to be made and we want to put together a more solid complete performance this Sunday in Wrexham against what will be a very good Australian side.

"This Gillette Four Nations tournament has been very good for us. Playing in competitions like this, and giving youngsters the opportunity to shine, is the only way that we are able to compete with the best as we prepare for the World Cup that we are jointly hosting in 2013."

Sixteen of the 18-man Wales under 18 squad learned their Rugby League in the South Wales-based Crusaders Academy with three of them - Jack Pring, Bradley Hill and Rhodri Lloyd - already having played in the South Wales Scorpions first team and one - Olly Olds, joining Leeds Rhinos in the latter part of the 2011 season.

The two exceptions are Jack Molloy from London Broncos and Andrew Oakden, the captain of North Wales Crusaders under 18s, a side who are expected to be officially linked to the new Championship 1 club when it is formed for 2012.

At under 18 level, Wales and England Community Lions are gaining a healthy rivalry with this, their third annual match. Two years ago, Wales beat the English side 28-14 at Hunslet, while last year the two sides fought out an exciting 26-all draw in Caerphilly.

Wales under 18 head coach Stuart Williams said: "Our matches against England Community Lions are always very competitive. We feel that once again we have a strong line-up this year, with a few of the lads already having first team experience under their belts, and we're all looking forward to an exciting game.

"This under 18 side is the future of Wales Rugby League. I encourage everyone who is in the Wrexham area for the Australia game to come down and watch the under 18 game first. You won't be disappointed."

Tickets for this Sunday's Wales v Australia Gillette Four Nations match (kick-off 5.45pm) are available to buy in person from the ticket office at the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium situated in the Yale Stand. Group ticket offers are available (terms and conditions apply).

The Centenary club will not be open pre-match but fans will be able to access the University Guild from 2.30pm situated just behind the Yale Stand, in the university grounds. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone on 01978 261 337 and can be collected on the day.

Admission to the under 18 international at Queensway Stadium between Wales and England Community Lions costs just £3 for adults and £1 concessions with gates opening at 11.30am.

Chris Beasley - Central Comets
Andy Bracek - Crusaders
Lee Briers - Warrington Wolves
Neil Budworth - MacKay Cutters
Geraint Davies - Unattached
Ross Divorty - Featherstone Rovers
Gil Dudson - Crusaders
Ben Flower - Crusaders
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
Christiaan Roets - South Wales Scorpions
Matt Seamark - Wynnum Manly Seagulls
Ian Watson - Swinton Lions
Ian Webster - Central Comets
Lloyd White - Crusaders
Lee Williams - Crusaders
Rhys Williams - Warrington Wolves

1. Jacob Morgan (Crusaders)
2. Chris Leyshon (Crusaders)
3. Jack Pring (South Wales Scorpions)
4. TJ Collin (Crusaders)
5. Ben Burgess (Crusaders)
6. Olly Olds (Leeds Rhinos)
7. Courtney Davies (Crusaders)
8. Rhys Pugsley (Crusaders)
9. Dale Evans (Crusaders)
10. Rhys Watkins (Crusaders)
11. David Palmer (Crusaders)
12. Bradley Hill (South Wales Scorpions)
13. Rhodri Lloyd (South Wales Scorpions, capt.)
14. Efan Ellis (Crusaders)
15. Jack Molloy (London Broncos)
16. Dan Mock (Crusaders)
17. Osian Phillips (Crusaders)
18. Andrew Oakden (North Wales Crusaders)