Thursday, 21 August 2014

RUGBY LEAGUE: Wales ready for Ireland challenge in Celtic Nations Cup

Wales Dragonhearts will need to beat Ireland Wolfhounds by 19 points at Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay on Saturday (kick-off 1pm) to take the first Celtic Nations Cup.

Should Wales fail to do this then Ireland will take the title.

Ireland were the only team never to have won the old Conference Four Nations title that ran for 12 years between 2002 and 2013. Wales won this trophy eight times, England three and Scotland once.

Wales lost their first game 18-16 away to Scotland two weeks ago while last Saturday the Irish hammed the Scots 44-10 in Dublin.

Players are selected from the country’s domestic leagues.

North Wales are represented by Aled Davies and John Ketland who play for Flintshire Falcons, while Callum Bennett and Anthony Tilley come from the Prestatyn & Rhyl Panthers club.

The remainder of the players originate from South Wales.

Wales coach Mike Grady said: “Ireland beating Scotland was the result we wanted that keeps the competition open but we know how tough it will be to get a four try win in Colwyn Bay.

“However our side are up for the challenge and hopefully we can do enough to take the first Celtic Nations Cup title.

“It looks to be a great day whatever the result so we hope to see lots of North Wales based fans at the game.”

Admission is just £3 for adults, £2 concessions and free for under 16s.

WALES (from): Bobby Andrews, Geraint Clarke, Bradley Hill (Aber Valley Wolves), Lee Harben Jones, Nathan Hawkins, Tylan Mafi (Bridgend Blue Bulls), Dan Henderson, Chris True (Cardiff Demons), Aled Davies, John Ketland (Flintshire Falcons), Callum Bennett, Anthony Tilley (Prestatyn & Rhyl Panthers), Ryan Bates (Torfaen Tigers), Scott Britton, Danyl Davies, Daryl Carter, Lee Goddard, Mike Hurley, Gareth Way (all Valley Cougars).


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