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Seeing as Boots N All had a big interview with Ben Flower today and spoke about Welshmen at Wigan, I was really surprised they couldn't give this even a mention. A number of the Sky Sports people would have had an email around midday today and they mentioned other news like that Bradford chairman pulling out which happened after this.

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Probably not as spectacular announcement as some were expecting but all the better for it. RL has had too many Halley's comets ( I note that a former director of a certain welsh SL club pleaded guilty to fraud this week )

This is a real acorn that hopefully can populate RL over the next few years and do much to strengthen the international team.

You never know in a couple of years there may be so many players another welsh semi-pro team might be viable.

Very good stuff.

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Seeing as Boots N All had a big interview with Ben Flower today and spoke about Welshmen at Wigan, I was really surprised they couldn't give this even a mention. A number of the Sky Sports people would have had an email around midday today and they mentioned other news like that Bradford chairman pulling out which happened after this.

In which case, CC, despite my own personal circumstances, I will be emailing once again to that person at Sky, as I really can only assume that the junk filter has been over-zealously applied and that is why there has been no recognition of all those involved in this.

It hasn't been done for that reason but the results of their actions are going to significantly contribute to the sustained and consistent growth of Welsh Rugby League after over a century of huge success but little consolidation. Consequently, the premier RL media channel in the UK and the premier RL programme should be screaming this from the rooftops.

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Another sponsor for the Welsh team:

 

 

Pr1mo Provide Energy to WRL  

Wales Rugby League has entered an exciting new partnership with Pr1mo Energy, an energy drink which is set to compete on the global market and whose logo will appear on the back of the welsh shirt during the World Cup.

 

Pr1mo Energy Sales and Marketing Manager Louisa Chiarelli enthused “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the Wales Rugby League team especially with the excitement surrounding the World Cup in October.  We look forward to working with the team in building our brand awareness and enhancing the Pr1mo experience.” 

 

WRL Chief Operating Officer Chris Thair said “We are delighted to enter a new partnership and have listened closely to what they wish to achieve as a business. Pr1mo will gain considerable exposure from the World Cup and we have already started to put them in contact with our existing portfolio of partners who may be able to assist their growth. It is a great tasting drink and we welcome them to the Wales Rugby League family”.

 

The partnership will go through to 2014 and be reviewed after the World Cup. Pr1mo will appear on the upper back of the WRL jersey during the World Cup whose name and brand takes inspiration from Italian owner Joe Giammasi who established a successful engineering business in the UK after moving here over 50 years agoPr1mo Provide Energy to WRL  

Wales Rugby League has entered an exciting new partnership with Pr1mo Energy, an energy drink which is set to compete on the global market and whose logo will appear on the back of the welsh shirt during the World Cup.

 

Pr1mo Energy Sales and Marketing Manager Louisa Chiarelli enthused “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the Wales Rugby League team especially with the excitement surrounding the World Cup in October.  We look forward to working with the team in building our brand awareness and enhancing the Pr1mo experience.” 

 

WRL Chief Operating Officer Chris Thair said “We are delighted to enter a new partnership and have listened closely to what they wish to achieve as a business. Pr1mo will gain considerable exposure from the World Cup and we have already started to put them in contact with our existing portfolio of partners who may be able to assist their growth. It is a great tasting drink and we welcome them to the Wales Rugby League family”.

 

The partnership will go through to 2014 and be reviewed after the World Cup. Pr1mo will appear on the upper back of the WRL jersey during the World Cup whose name and brand takes inspiration from Italian owner Joe Giammasi who established a successful engineering business in the UK after moving here over 50 years ago

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The North Wales centre at Deeside is not an Academy in the same sense as Maesteg. However, it has exceptional facilities and some great staff who fully support WRL.

I think the World Cup squad will be using his facility. Maesteg was offered but due to timescales whilst everything was being agreed, it was not possible to confirm.

However, Maesteg School's entire Year 7 are studying 17 lessons a fortnight as part of their sector leading skills curriculum ALL on the RLWC, up until the end of h tournament. This constitutes more than 3 full days per fortnight purely looking at the RLWC !

As a result of this, after a visit and a talk by Ray Tennant, the ex-international referee last week, the pupils and their families have snapped up over 200 tickets for the Cardiff opener, and demand has been such that another 100 were ordered yesterday due to demand.

It's a pity that Boots N All haven't seemed interested in doing a feature on the entire Maesteg Academy, especially in the run up to the RLWC....

 

It is a pity but Sky are not covering the tournament so it's not a surprise. Didn't they pull some such with the Challenge Cup when they had no coverage.?

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Wales name their 23-man World Cup squad

 

Wales have released their 23-man squad for the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup that kicks off on Saturday 26th October when Iestyn Harris’ side takes on Italy at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

 

The squad contains 14 players from Super League, eight of whom are Welsh born and have come through the WRL development system, and five of whom are in contention for a Super League Grand Final appearance next Saturday.

 

Another of the Super League stars, Salford’s Jordan James, needs to play just four matches to overtake Ian Watson to become Wales’ most capped player. The opening game comes on the 10th anniversary of his international debut when on October 26th 2003 he scored a try in Wales’ 74-4 win over Russia in Aberavon.

 

There are four potential new caps in the squad including Anthony Walker, who made his Super League debut with St Helens this year, and Larne Patrick from Super League Leaders Shield winners Huddersfield Giants.

 

Patrick, with over 100 Super League appearances to his name, qualifies through a Welsh grandmother.

 

Warrington’s Rhys Evans, a Bridgend-born former Wales junior international, joins his twin brother Ben in the Wales squad for the first time while James Geurtjens from Queensland Cup side Norths Devils is the other newcomer.

 

There are two players from Championship 1 table-toppers North Wales Crusaders, Christiaan Roets and Rob Massam. No current players from South Wales Scorpions have made the Wales cut for the first time since their inception, but skipper Joe Burke is among the three stand-by players.

 

Disappointingly for Wales, Wigan’s Andy Powell, Castleford’s Michael Channing and St George Illawarra’s Tyson Frizell have all been ruled out of the tournament by their respective clubs due to injuries.

 

This is Wales’ fourth World Cup finals and they know it will be their toughest yet. Wales reached the semi-finals of the 1995 and 2000 World Cups and managed to beat England, New Zealand and France in the 1975 tournament. Harris knows the quality of opposition that Wales have to face but he believes he has the squad to take them on.

 

“While I welcome our four new quality players to the squad, I’m really pleased that we’re maintaining consistency and we don’t have a whole team of newcomers,” said Harris. “We have a lot of experience in the side with 14 Super League players – the most I’ve ever known in the squad – and all of our players are improving year on year as they continue their international career.

 

“We have an enthusiastic 23-man squad, all of whom are raring to go for their country. We can’t wait for the tournament to start and, as always, aim to cause a few shocks.”

 

Wales will stage a warm-up match on Tuesday 15th October at Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay when they will take on a Welsh Rugby League Select XIII. Further details on that game to follow.

 

Tickets for all Wales’ World Cup matches can be bought by going to www.rlwc2013.com.

 

WALES SQUAD: Neil Budworth (Moranbah Miners, Australia), Ross Divorty (Halifax), Gil Dudson, Ben Flower, Rhodri Lloyd (Wigan Warriors), Jake Emmitt, Jordan James (Salford Red Devils), Ben Evans, Elliot Kear (Bradford Bulls), Rhys Evans*, Rhys Williams (Warrington Wolves), Dan Fleming (Castleford Tigers), James Geurtjens* (Norths Devils, Australia), Danny Jones (Keighley Cougars), Craig Kopczak, Larne Patrick* (Huddersfield Giants) Peter Lupton (Workington Town), Rob Massam, Christiaan Roets (North Wales Crusaders), Matt Seamark (Wynnum Manly Seagulls, Australia), Anthony Walker* (St Helens), Ian Webster (Central Queensland Capras, Australia), Lloyd White (Widnes Vikings).

 

*= possible new cap

 

STANDBY: Andy Bracek (Halifax), Joe Burke (South Wales Scorpions), Craig Moss (Keighley Cougars)

 

Coaching and Management Team             

Head Coach - Iestyn Harris

Assistant Coach - Damian Gibson

Assistant Coach - Lee Briers

Analyst - Russ MacFarlane

Strength & Conditioning Coach - Mick Turner

Physiotherapist - Ben Stirling

Doctor - Dr Richard Lawrence

Team Manager - Bob Wilson

Kit Man - Colin Sergeant

Performance Psychology - Mick Farrell

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Opening Ceremony travel tips

 

The Rugby League World Cup 2013 Opening Ceremony is just one month away, and supporters from around the world are planning their journeys to Cardiff.

The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will provide the perfect setting for an exciting day of world-class entertainment, as England face Australia and Wales square off against Italy.

The match action follows the spectacular RLWC2013 Opening Ceremony, which will feature many famous faces and plenty of surprises and spectators are advised to be in their seats by 1.30pm to make sure they don’t miss a second of what will be a spectacular show.

An electric atmosphere is anticipated under the closed roof in the Millennium Stadium, one of the best venues in the world, and if you’re a part of it we want to make sure your experience is an enjoyable one.

We want everybody – fans old and new - to enjoy their experience of Rugby League World Cup 2013. So we are encouraging fans to share their plans for their trip to Cardiff on the RLWC2013 Facebook page and by using the Twitter hashtag #RLWC2013.

Located in Cardiff city centre, the Millennium Stadium is surrounded by great pubs, and restaurants. The city also boasts various accommodation options.

Just over 40 miles away, RLWC2013 host city Bristol also offers fantastic city breaks which would enhance any fan’s experience of the tournament.

Fans coming by train can book trains at National Rail. Train travellers should be aware that between Saturday September 21 and Sunday October 27, the railway between Bristol and Newport will be closed for essential engineering work in the Severn Tunnel.

Rail replacement bus services will be in operation between the two points and additional bus services between Newport and Bristol Parkway will also be provided for fans.

There are no parking facilities for the general public at the Millennium Stadium, so please follow the electronic signs for the park and ride.

Should you wish to travel to and from the stadium by taxi, it is advisable to book both journeys in advance.

Due to road closures on a match day around the stadium, taxis are not allowed to collect from outside the ground until the restrictions are lifted.

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face England Lions in this Sunday’s under 18 international against England at Taff’s Well RFC (kick-off 1pm).

 

The match is the first of two home games against the English with the second being on Friday 18th October at the same location.

 

Seven of the starting line-up come from South Wales Scorpions, all of whom played for the senior side in 2013, most of them being regulars in the side.

 

Two players, Bradley Mais and Rhys Pugsley, are Welsh-born players on Wigan Warriors books, Kyle Moore is from Bradford Bulls, while the remaining three are from North Wales namely Crusaders’ Matthew Davies and Conwy Celts’ Lewis Stockton and Jordan Sheridan, both of whom starred in their North Wales Championship winning side.

 

Wales under 18s have a good record against the England Lions side having won three and drawn one in this annual fixture since it was created four years ago. 

 

2013 Rugby League World Cup squad members Rhys Evans, Ben Evans and Rhodri Lloyd starred in that first match and Wales under 18s coach Dave Clark believes that successes with players like these will help spur his young side on.

 

“It’s always good to see former Wales junior squad members progress on to senior side honours,” he said. “That’s what the development programme is all about.

 

“We’re delighted that Wales v England Lions is a two-match series for the first time and we think that once again we have a strong squad to be able to take them on.

 

“Our side has a lot of experience there, especially with the Scorpions lads who have played quite a few Championship 1 games between them this season. I’m sure it’ll be an exciting and competitive match at Taff’s Well on Sunday with both sides looking to get their first win on the board.”

 

Admission to the match costs just £5 for adults and £3 for juniors.

 

WALES

 

 

NAME

CLUB

HOMETOWN

1 Chris Leyshon

South Wales Scorpions

Port Talbot

2 Lewis Stockton

Conwy Celts

Llandudno

3 Matthew Davies

North Wales Crusaders

Whitchurch, Shropshire

4 Jordan Howells

South Wales Scorpions

Monmouth

5 Kyle Moore

Bradford Bulls

West Bowling, Yorkshire

6 Courtney Davies

South Wales Scorpions

Port Talbot

7 Jordan Sheridan

Conwy Celts

Old Colwyn

8 Michael Connor

South Wales Scorpions

Pontypridd

9 Connor Farrer

South Wales Scorpions

Pontypridd

10 Osian Philips

South Wales Scorpions

Cardigan

11 TJ Collin

South Wales Scorpions

Newport

12 Bradley Mais

Wigan Warriors

Cardiff

13 Rhys Pugsley

Wigan Warriors

Newport

14 Ollie Vickers

Telford Raiders

Church Stretton

15 Rhys Finney

South Wales Scorpions

Ebbw Vale

16 Rhys Fitzgerald

South Wales Scorpions

Caerphilly

17 Jac Griffiths

Gwendraeth Valley Raiders

Burry Port

18 Steele Boundford

Treharris Phoenix

Pontygwaith

19 Joshua Williams

Gloucestershire All Golds

Gloucester

 

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The people of Wrexham are being encouraged to show their patriotic side and help inspire Wales to glory at Rugby League World Cup 2013.

The #GetBehindWales campaign was launched in Wrexham today, with the help of members of the Wales squad, local businesses, schoolchildren and fans.

#GetBehindWales has been launched one month ahead of the showdown between Wales and USA at the Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium on November 3.

The campaign has been launched across social media platforms as RLWC2013 fever begins to grip the town.

A host of big names have already agreed to #GetBehindWales including Wrexham’s double Olympic Gold Medallist Tom James, RLWC2013 ambassador Gareth Thomas and Wales captain Jordan James.

Gymnastics superstar Beth Tweddle and North Wales Crusaders coach Clive Griffiths have also shown their support by appearing in the #GetBehindWales video.

You can show your support by using the hashtag #GetBehindWales on social media and by sending your own #GetBehindWales video to rugby2013@wrexham.gov.uk.

Wales captain Jordan James said: "I enjoyed my time in Wrexham when I played for the Crusaders and I want the whole town to #GetBehindWales at Rugby League World Cup 2013.

"A passionate home crowd at the Racecourse will give the boys a massive lift when we play the USA on November 3, and hopefully we'll be back in Wrexham for the Quarter final on Saturday 16th November.

"During my time in Wrexham, people always talked about wanting to see more international sport coming to the town. They're very passionate when it comes to their sport and so the whole squad is looking forward to staying in Wrexham during the tournament."

The Racecourse will also be the setting for the Quarter Final between the winners of Group A & Group D on November 16, and oroviding Wales top Group D, Wrexham could be the stage for a mouth-watering clash between the Dragons and England or Australia.

Cllr Neil Rogers, Leader of Wrexham Council said: “We’re very excited to play our part in what is the global sporting event of 2013. We saw from London 2012 that home support makes a massive difference and the Wales squad will be guaranteed a warm welcome during their time in Wrexham.

“With the Wales vs. USA game now just a month away, there’s a lot of buzz starting to build around the town. We’re a rugby-mad nation and the whole of Wrexham is right behind Iestyn Harris and his squad. I’m getting behind Wales and I wish the team every success during the tournament.”

And Wrexham’s double Olympic Gold Medalist Tom James has also thrown his backing behind the campaign: “Wrexham has seen big events in the past and the town has shown it is more than capable of hosting major events such as Rugby League World Cup 2013.

“The more big events that come our way, the better and I hope this sets precedence for more major sporting occasions coming Wrexham’s way.

“It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to watch world-class sport on your doorstep so I hope the people of Wrexham really get behind the Rugby League World Cup 2013.”

Lesley Griffiths, Assembly Member for Wrexham added: “The people of Wrexham have really taken Rugby League to their heart and it’s a really exciting time for the area. People are taking about the town hosting two games and it is great news for the Racecourse Stadium.

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Cross-code legend Gareth Thomas has called on Wales to show they are not just 'a nation of footballers' when the Rugby League World Cup heads to Cardiff this autumn.

Welshman Gareth Bale became the most expensive footballer in the world this summer when he moved to Real Madrid for £86million and Thomas, who won four Wales caps in the 13-man code after moving from union, wants the rugby league players to show what they can do.

Wales will face off against Italy in the opening match of the tournament at the Millennium Stadium on October 26. They then play powerhouses Australia and fellow host nation England.

The victorious British and Irish Lions rugby union team featured 10 Welshman and Thomas said: 'The eyes of the world will be on us and we need to show we are not just a nation of rugby union, we are not just a nation of footballers but we are a nation of sportspeople,' he said.

'As a proud Welshman, a supporter and an ex-player I think it is going to be massive. With Wales playing the opener followed by England v Australia, there are some of the world’s toughest rugby league teams so I am sure it will be a spectacle.

'One thing you can never take away from anyone is their identity, and for me I have always said that the proudest thing in my life is being Welsh. I would support Wales if they were playing tiddlywinks.

'The fact that they are playing a sport which I have been a part of and it being a team I have been a part of is massive'

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hmm hard to try it on like that given those prom pics always have the skin tight players version!

 

Rgr - missed the bit about Wolford wanting to try it on... sorry!

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Rgr - missed the bit about Wolford wanting to try it on... sorry!

hey no worries just made me laugh that we always use those player versions to promote shirts, slightly unrealistic to say the least :)

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Wales continued their impressive record in meetings with England Community Lions after a 40-10 win at Taff’s Well RFC.A flurry of second half tries proved telling as the hosts made it four wins from five in this fixture, ahead of a return visit in two weeks time.Following a physical exchange of opening sets, Courtney Davies' high kick was spilled and, after Osian Phillips went close, Wales moved the ball left for Jordan Howells to slide over. Davies converted to give the host a six point advantage after eight minutes.The Lions enjoyed a fair share of possession during the first half, but wasted promising field position through handling errors. Much to their credit, they defused fifth-tackle kicking situations admirably to prevent the home side from extending their lead.A moment of controversy ensued on the half-hour mark as Howells raced out of the line to quell an overlap, but the centre’s shoulder charge was penalised only, and from the penalty England were again denied by a forward pass on the left edge.A feature of Wales’ play was the timely addition of Chris Leyshon into the line; following a penalty for offside, Davies was able to pass under pressure and find Bradley Mais, who found Leyshon on his shoulder to unlock the Lions defence.With England needing a spark, interchange hooker Nick Ratcliffe’s first involvement in the game was to dart out of dummy half and breach the Welsh defence for the first time. The Leigh East man kept calm and found Jamie Tracey in support to cross next to the posts.Howells was again at the centre of things as the second half started – clever footwork saw him break free but was unable to retain possession in contact. The South Wales Scorpions centre continued to threaten, and was denied a second as he lost control of the ball as he attempted to squeeze over in the corner.Stern defence from the home side also provided the tireless Rhys Fitzgerald with room to charge up-field, but a knock-on from Jordan Sheridan prevented Wales from capitalising on the break. Yet the hosts were to make the pressure tell; Mais identifying a mismatch in numbers on the short side, and having come from left-to-right, offloaded out of the back of his hand to release wing Lewis Stockton in the corner.Following Leyshon’s second, Wales scored two tries in quick succession courtesy of their second rows – Mais again showing his Wigan calibre by forcing his way over from close range, and TJ Collin doing likewise as Wales surged downfield following the restart.Yet the community side continued to compete and were immediately rewarded – a third try in a short period saw Alex Rudd dive over for his side’s second of the afternoon – however Wales were to have the final say as Thomas Davies slid in at the corner, before Josh Williams fielded a short England restart to wrap up the victory.

WALES U18S1 Chris Leyshon (South Wales Scorpions)2 Lewis Stockton (Conwy Celts)3 Matthew Davies (North Wales Crusaders)4 Jordan Howells (South South Wales Scorpions)5 Kyle Moore (Bradford Bulls)6 Courtney Davies (South Wales Scorpions)7 Jordan Sheridan (Conwy Celts)8 Michael Connor (South Wales Scorpions)9 Connor Farrer (South Wales Scorpions)10 Osian Phillips (South Wales Scorpions)11 TJ Collin (South Wales Scorpions)12 Bradley Mais (Wigan Warriors)13 Rhys Fitzgerald (South Wales Scorpions)SUBS:14 Ollie Vickers (Telford Raiders)15 Jac Griffiths (Gwendraeth Valley Raiders)16 Rhys Finney (South Wales Scorpions)17 Thomas Davies (North Wales Crusaders)18 Josh WilliamsTries: Howells ( 8), Leyshon (33, 51), Stockton (44), Mais (56) Collin (59), T. Davies (77), Williams (78),Goals: Davies 4/8

ENGLAND COMMUNITY LIONS1 Nathan Lawrence (Dewsbury Celtic)2 Scott Pink (Wath Brow Hornets)3 Tom Whittle (Ince Rose Bridge)4 Declan Tomlinson (East Leeds)5 Hershal Ward (Leicester Storm)6 Christian Tyson (Askam)7 Lennox Green (West Hull)8 Tom Fletcher (Leigh East)9 Matty Henson (Cockermouth)10 Shaun Mumberson (Cockermouth)11 Leon Tatlock (Thatto Heath)12 Jamie Tracey (Thatto Heath)13 Charlie Tomlinson (Wath Brow Hornets)SUBS:14 Nick Ratcliffe (Leigh East)15 Charlie Hughes (East Leeds)16 Alex Rudd (West Hull)17 Reece Needham (Coventry Bears)Tries: Tracey (35), Rudd (61)Goals: Tomlinson 1/2HT: 10-6

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Dave Clark quits to take up new Cumbrian post

South Wales Scorpions head coach Dave Clark has departed the club to join the RFL run Cumbrian Regional Academy as their new Regional Performance Coach.

Clark has been at the club for two seasons and has helped to develop a number of young Welsh players to their professional Rugby League debuts and to Welsh honours at various levels.

In his spell in charge of the South Wales Scorpions Academy sides, the under 16s gained successes against Super League teams like Salford, Widnes and London Broncos.

This departure means that he will also be resigning from his Wales Rugby League post following the Wales junior internationals this month.

Clark, from Cardiff but based in Cumbria, said: “It’s been a fantastic two years here in South Wales and I’m really pleased to have played my role in player development.

“I’m proud to be Welsh and I love my country but my family are based in Cumbria and it’s been very difficult for me to make 800 mile round trips on a weekly basis and be away from them for so much time during the week.

“I am delighted to still be in Rugby League and equally delighted to be joining a new role with the Cumbrian Regional Academy via the Rugby Football League. I played most of my Rugby League in Cumbria, for Barrow Raiders and I look forward to helping new players along in the other area of the UK that I have a passion for.”

South Wales Scorpions would like to wish Dave all the best in his new role and the decision on who the new head coach will be is yet to be confirmed.

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Daniel Fleming hopes to pull on a Welsh jersey again as he hopes to gain a place in the side for his side’s opening match of the Rugby League World Cup.

 

Wales take on Italy at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday 26th October (kick-off 4.30pm) straight after England take on Australia and the 21-year old prop can’t believe he could be a part of such a prestigious occasion.

 

“It’s a massive honour to have been selected in the Wales squad,” he said. “It’s unreal to think that there’s a possibility that I could be playing at the Millennium Stadium in front of tens of thousands of people.

 

“The last time I was there I watched Hull FC and Leeds in the Challenge Cup and hopefully I’ll be playing the next time that I’m there.

 

“It’s going to be an unreal atmosphere. I think that the biggest crowd I’ve played in front of was when Castleford went to Leeds Rhinos and even though you were shouting your head off in the warm up you couldn’t hear anything!

 

“I’m really looking forward to hopefully experiencing what it’s like at the Millennium Stadium.”

 

Wales will take on an Italian side full of superstars from the Australian Rugby League, who like Dan, qualify for their country via the heritage rule and he’s looking forward to the challenge of playing against some of the world’s best.

 

“Yes, Italy have got a lot of good players,” he said. “Both Anthony and Mark Minichiello, Terry Campese (nephew of rugby union’s David) and they have got some big forwards.

 

“But I think that Wales have got a lot of good players too through with the likes of Ben Flower, Craig Kopczak, Gil Dudson and Ben Evans in the forwards. There’s a lot of competition for me but that also means that there is a good opportunity to learn.”

 

Last year Fleming became one of the rare breed of players to make his international debut before he’d appeared for the first team of his club and despite having a good year with the Tigers, he didn’t expect to be back in the side to try to add to his first three caps.

 

“I hadn’t really spoken to lestyn,” Fleming remarks. “When he rang up last month I was expecting to be told that I wasn’t going to be selected, but when he said ‘congratulations you’re in’, it was a bit of a shock.

 

“Every day I’ve been thinking about what I need to do to be selected for the opening game in Cardiff, but there has been no expectation from myself because of the amount of good players that there are to choose from.

 

“My year just keeps getting better and better! I’ve had my first game for Cas, my first try for Cas and hopefully now my first World Cup game too.”

 

The first time that Fleming gets a chance to shine will be on Tuesday 15th October when the Welsh side take on a Welsh Select XIII in a friendly match at Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay (kick-off 6pm).

 

“We go to camp on the 9th October for a week and then we go to the World Cup,” he said. “But Eliot Kear, Ben Evans, Jordan James, Jake Emmitt, Lloyd White and I have been doing a fall-out camp because we didn’t make the Super League play-offs.

 

“We’ve been going over to a base in Lancashire to train there for a couple of days a week, have a good blow-out  and try and keep as fit as we can.

 

“I’ve set my sights on playing all three group games, but I’ve got to work hard to do that and gain as much experience as I can from the players I’m playing with and against.”

 

Wales v WRL Select XIII at Parc Eirias on Oct 15th kicks off at 6pm. Tickets are £10 seated, £5 standing. Call 01492 577900 for more information or go to www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk.

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man squad for their first test against the full England Academy side this Sunday in Taff’s Well (kick-off 3pm).

 

Twelve players who starred in the Wales under 18s 40-10 win over England Lions last Sunday have been included but with the criteria increased in this game to those aged 19 at the start of 2013, coach Dave Clark has called up a number of additional players.

 

The starting 13 is dominated by players from the South Wales Scorpions’ under 20 side, eight of whom made first team appearances in 2013.

 

Former Scorpion Jacob Morgan, who signed for Leeds Rhinos last year, makes a welcome return to the area to play for his country, while Rhys Pugsley, who was initially named in last week’s line-up but was injured on the day, will again attempt to join his Wigan team-mate Bradley Mais in the forwards.

 

Two players from North Wales are named on the bench – Andrew Oakden from the Crusaders, who is one of the new additions to the side, and Jordan Sheridan of North Wales champions Conwy Celts, who started last week’s game.

 

“Our players know that this is a very tough game especially as they’ll be facing players who are all affiliated with Super League clubs,” said head coach Dave Clark who will be in charge of his final game in South Wales before his return to Cumbria.

 

“A lot of the team had a morale boosting win over England Lions last week but this is a massive step up for them and they’ll need to be on top of their game to get a result.”

 

Seven Super League clubs are represented in the squad, which features eight players from Wigan Warriors, three from Huddersfield Giants, one from St Helens and two apiece from Hull FC, Leeds Rhinos, Bradford Bulls and Warrington Wolves.

 

England Academy coach John Winder believes that junior Rugby League in England is thriving and that his squad can benefit from a number of players having already played in Super League.

 

“One of the big strengths of the England programme is that we have players coming in who have Super League experience," he said. "George Williams, for example, at Wigan, has already played in Super League.

 

“There is a really good mix of players here in this squad. We have players who have been in the England programme for the last couple of years and also we have some new fresh faces."

 

The two-Test schedule is as follows (both games at Taff’s Well RFC):

First Test - Sunday October 13 (3.00pm)

Second Test – Friday October 18 (6.30pm)

 

Admission to each match costs just £5 for adults, £3 for juniors.

 

WALES SIDE

 

 

NAME

CLUB

HOMETOWN

1

Jacob Morgan

Leeds Rhinos

Cardiff

2

Alex Jones

South Wales Scorpions

Penrhiwfer

3

Kylum Austin

South Wales Scorpions

Ystradgynlais

4

Jordan Howells

South Wales Scorpions

Monmouth

5

Chris Leyshon

South Wales Scorpions

Port Talbot

6

Daniel Parry

South Wales Scorpions

Treharris

7

Courtney Davies

South Wales Scorpions

Port Talbot

8

Michael Connor

South Wales Scorpions

Pontypridd

9

Connor Farrer

South Wales Scorpions

Pontypridd

10

Osian Philips

South Wales Scorpions

Cardigan

11

TJ Collin

South Wales Scorpions

Newport

12

Bradley Mais

Wigan Warriors

Cardiff

13

Rhys Pugsley

Wigan Warriors

Newport

Subs (from)

   

14

Jordan Sheridan

Conwy Celts

Old Colwyn

15

Rhys Fitzgerald

South Wales Scorpions

Caerphilly

16

Rhys Finney

South Wales Scorpions

Ebbw Vale

17

Kyle Moore

Bradford Bulls

West Bowling, Yorkshire

18

Andrew Oakden

North Wales Crusaders

Whitchurch, Shropshire

19

Christopher Bowler

South Wales Scorpions

Cardiff

 

 

ENGLAND (from - professional and community clubs in brackets):

Ben Austin (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge)

Jordan Baldwinson (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)

Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge)

Lewis Charnock (St Helens, Rylands)

Jake Connor (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal)

Nathan Conroy (Bradford Bulls, West Bowling)

Tyler Dickinson (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal)

Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)

Ryan Hampshire (Wigan Warriors, Normanton)

Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)

Toby King (Warrington Wolves, Meltham All Black)

Kruise Leeming (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal)

Rob Lever (Wigan Warriors, Bold Miners)

Alex Mellor (Bradford Bulls, King Cross Park)

Ryan Sutton (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge)

Lewis Tierney (Wigan Warriors, Orrel St James)

Jansin Turget (Hull FC, West Hull)

Bobby Tyson-Wilson (Hull FC, West Hull)

Tom Walker (Warrington Wolves, Cockermouth Titans)

George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)

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World Cup massive for Wales, says White

 
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Wales hooker Lloyd White believes the World Cup is massively important in proving to the Welsh public that rugby league can be big in the country.

The tournament opens at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on October 26 when England take on Australia and Wales play Italy.

White, 25, is hoping to make an impact in his first World Cup, some four years after he made his international debut against Ireland in the European Cup.

He said: "The World Cup has been a long time coming but it does seem like it has flown by since the launch a couple of years ago.

"I'm really looking forward to getting my teeth into it.

"I'm not too sure at the moment how we'll do, I think for us it is about taking every game as it comes.

"We need to get out of the group stage to prove we can compete, then if we do that we can take it from there.

"The World Cup is massively important to Welsh rugby league. We need to prove to the Welsh public, especially down in South Wales, that rugby league can be a big thing and that we have got a decent enough team to follow.

"The amount of young kids coming through now must have at least doubled over the past couple of years.

"When I first started, you could basically trun up and play for Wales under 18's, whereas now there are big trials and a lot more competition for places.

"Having one of the biggest clubs like Wigan helping South Wales is a massive boost, and it makes people take note."

Cardiff-born White played in Super League for the Crusaders franchise, and has also played for the country's other professional club, South Wales Scorpions.

He has, however, spent the past two seasons at Widnes, although has seen injury restrict him to 37 appearances for the Vikings.

White added: "I am fit and well for the World Cup.

"I have got my eye on the number nine shirt but if there is any position that needs filling, I am happy to do so.

"(Coach) Iestyn Harris has got the respect of all the players and when he speaks, everyone listens.

"He has got a lot of knowledge of the game, and he is very big on his skill, which can only help my game to get better."

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