Kear impressed by Wales as they begin World Cup planning

Wales head coach John Kear has admitted he has been impressed with his players and their “energy and enthusiasm” during their first day in training earlier this week.

The Dragons began their preparation for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers and full international against Jamaica at Deeside Leisure Centre and on the first day of camp, Kear said: “I’m really pleased with what I’ve seen so far. I think the players have come in full of energy and enthusiasm.

“There’s been an attitude and focus about them and the team meeting that we had afterwards has broken the ice.

“I’ve been impressed with the new lads. The rest of them are comfortable in themselves and they’ve enjoyed the success and experience with Wales, but the new lads who have come in have shown that they want to replicate that.”


“It’s the end of the season and you wonder whether there will be any physicality left, but that was certainly there,” he continued.

“When we played the final game against Ireland last year, there were 12 true blood Welsh players. It really does appeal to me.

“There was one player who qualified through residence and four through heritage. There are a lot of players who qualify through grandparents and it means a lot to them to represent Wales.”