Welsh Rugby League Select XIII coach Mike Grady has named a 21-man squad to face the full Wales side in a friendly match at Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay next Tuesday (kick-off 6pm).
Eleven of the side are selected from Championship One sides North Wales Crusaders, South Wales Scorpions and Gloucestershire All Golds with the remainder being Wales Students and Dragonhearts internationals.
The friendly is designed to give the Wales players a competitive run out just a week after they go into camp, while it will give the Welsh XIII players experience they can take back into their clubs next season.
Grady, who normally coaches Warrington Wizards and Wales Dragonhearts, said: “I’m very honoured to coach the side and I’m also massively excited about it. To come up against Iestyn Harris, Lee Briers and the Wales first team is massive.
“Representative jobs are few and far between and to have been given the opportunity with Wales Dragonhearts and now the Wales Select is fantastic for my development, I’m very grateful to Wales RL for these opportunities. On top of that I’m coaching elite players that represent their country at different level and also semi pro players, which in itself is an honour to be involved with such a group.
“Obviously the opposition we are up against are quality, I want the lads just to stand up and make a good account of themselves. Our players will be looking at learning from their players and what standard they need to aim for if they have ambitions to make a Wales squad.
“It’s great that Wales are giving the lads the chance to play on a big stage against the country’s elite, surely something that’s unique in Rugby League at the moment as I’ve not heard any other country doing it. It’s a Wales Select so these boys are considered the best of the rest, and I’m sure they will do themselves proud.”
Wales v Wales Rugby League Select XIII is at Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay on October 15th (kick-off 6pm). Tickets are £10 seated, £5 standing. Call 01492 577900 for more information or go to www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk.
WELSH LEAGUE XIII SQUAD
Andy Mousdale Half BackNorth Wales Crusaders
Jamie Dallimore Half BackNorth Wales Crusaders
Dan Birkett WingNorth Wales Crusaders
Troy BrophyFull BackNorth Wales Crusaders
Phil CarletonCentreSouth Wales Scorpions
Ashley BatemanLooseSouth Wales Scorpions
Tom MorganProp/CentreSouth Wales Scorpions
Matt WilcoxUtilitySouth Wales Scorpions
Chris DaviesPropSouth Wales Scorpions
Kasey HurleyFull BackSouth Wales Scorpions
Yannick Parker CentreGloucestershire All Golds
Kyle ScrivensCentreTorfaen Tigers / Wales Dragonhearts
Scott Britton PropValley Cougars / Wales Dragonhearts
Martin Luckwell HookerValley Cougars / Wales Dragonhearts
Anthony Tilley PropConwy Celts / Wales Dragonhearts
Alan Pope2nd RowBonymaen Broncos / Wales Dragonhearts
Neil Dallimore Prop/LooseCardiff Demons / Wales Dragonhearts
Victor Coker PropCardiff Demons / Wales Students
Izaak DuffyProp/LooseCardiff Demons / Wales Students
Louis Singleton HookerCardiff Demons / Wales Students
Callum Bennett Half BackPrestatyn and Rhyl Panthers / Wales Students
Mike GradyHead Coach
Paul EmmanuelliAssistant Coach
Allen JonesAssistant Coach
Mark JonesTeam Manager