Finn to return for Ireland against Wales

Ireland have been handed a major boost ahead of their final European Championship fixture this weekend, after it was revealed that last year’s World Cup captain Liam Finn will return for their showdown against Wales in Wrexham.

The Wolfhounds can still lift the trophy this weekend, providing Scotland lose to France in Galashiels this evening and the Irish post a hefty victory against John Kear’s men.

And the news that Finn is able to return after missing the opening two fixtures is a huge boost for the Irish, who will be aiming to repeat the form he showed at club level for Castleford in 2014, to inspire the Wolfhounds to their second victory from three games – and keep their hopes of automatic qualification for the 2017 World Cup alive.

“Being able to include Liam is great for the whole squad,” said Ireland coach Mark Aston. “He is a quality player who showed that in Super League this season.

“Wales are a very good side and we will need to be at our best if we want to get our second win this year.”