Student World Cup News
Wales kick-off their Student World Cup campaign on Thursday with national coach Clive Griffiths believing they can make a real impact.
The Welsh squad play South Africa just over a year after lifting the Student Four Nations title by beating England, Scotland and Ireland.
The Welsh coach said: “I want the boys who were with us last year to carry on the success from there. We have the nucleus of that squad with us again but it is disappointing that we have lost one or two boys.
“But we are under no pressure. Australia, New Zealand and England are the favourites going into these tournaments, particularly Australia and New Zealand who had dominated the World Cup since it started.
“We have a 24-man squad and will have to draw on them anyway because the schedule is the most demanding I have ever come across with five games in 12 days. So everyone will play.
“It's all very positive with us. This will be my last Student World Cup as coach and for ninety per cent of the squad, it will be the first and last time they experience it. So I want us to enjoy it and play some good Rugby League.”
The Welsh squad includes Griffiths' son Owen among the forwards and Osian Phillips, who was included in the extended party for last year's Wales senior squad that took part in the Autumn Tests against France in Lens and England in Wrexham.
Wales not only have South Africa in their group but also England and Ireland.
Wales Student World Cup squad (with university names in brackets)
Backs: L.Weaver(Llandrillo), T.Hughes(Loughborough), P.Evans(Gloucester), J.Gahan(Gloucester), Y.Parker(Gloucester), S.Wright(Cardiff Met), J.Knight(Cardiff Met), C.Bennett (Cardiff Met), S.Amber(Cardiff Met), J.Morgan(Leeds Met), B.West(Coventry)
Forwards: I.Duffy(Cardiff Met), H.Elliott(Glamorgan), C.Wilkinson(Cardiff Met), V.Coker(Cardiff Met), M.Connor(Glamorgan), O.Griffiths(Leeds Met), L.Singleton (Cardiff Met), M.Ward(Newcastle), M.Wilcox, A.Munns(St Marys), O.Davies(Glamorgan), J.Davies(Cardiff Met), O.Phillips(Glamorgan)