Duo Named In Wales Squad

CALVIN Wellington and Regan Grace have been named in Wales’ 22-man squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers.

Head coach John Kear has whittled his original train-on squad down from 29 to 22 players ahead of the qualifying matches against Serbia and Italy.

Morgan Knowles had been initially selected but will have surgery in the off-season.

Kear said: “It is an important period for Wales as we aim to make the World Cup next season.

“We will be up against some challenges as Italy and Serbia are both strong sides who will boast some experienced players in their line-ups.

“Our group of players is a very hard working one and there is always a good atmosphere in camp, so we are looking forward to getting back to work. We want to build on our achievements last year.”

Wales’ full squad:

Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams (London Broncos), Calvin Wellington, Regan Grace (St Helens), Christiaan Roets, Courtney Davies, Ian Newbury, Connor Farrer (South Wales Ironmen), Ollie Olds (Souths Logan Magpies), Gil Dudson, Lloyd White (Widnes Vikings), Craig Kopczak, Phil Joseph (Salford Red Devils), Rhodri Lloyd, Jake Emmitt (Swinton Lions), Lewis Reece, Steve Parry, Morgan Evans (Gloucestershire All Golds), Joe Burke (Oldham Roughyeds), Anthony Walker (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Andrew Gay (Mackay Cutters), Matty Fozard (Sheffield Eagles).

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