Kear happy with Welsh youngsters ahead of France test

Wales coach John Kear believes that his playes are in good shape, ahead of what should be a testing clash with France in Cardiff on Friday evening.

Wales played Keighley Cougars last weekend in the Danny Jones Memorial Match, and Kear was very pleased with with what he saw from his players.

Young St Helens winger Regan Grace, in particular, caught Kear’s eye with his display in Yorkshire.

“We took part in the match for Danny’s family to help raise money for them but we were pleased to have the run out and look over players,” said the Wales coach.

“There were a number of good individual performances but I was very impressed with Regan Grace.

St Helens have got yet another good kid coming through the system that they’ve scouted in Wales and been developed by the club. He looked very excited indeed and is a magnificent prospect.

“I was really pleased with what I saw against Keighley on Sunday and this helped me with selection for Friday. I thought Rob Massam on the other wing looked very solid too when he came on so there was strong competition for places.

“I had more questions answered with last Sunday’s match than those posed and I think it’s helped us pick a strong squad for Friday. It’ll need to be strong as we know the tough challenge that France will pose.”

WALES SQUAD

Michael Channing (Castleford Tigers), Morgan Evans, James Geurtjens (Coventry Bears) Dalton Grant (Dewsbury Rams), Courtney Davies, Steve Parry, Lewis Reece (Gloucestershire All Golds), Craig Kopzcak (Huddersfield Giants), Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams (London Broncos), Ricky Hough (Newcastle Thunder), Joe Burke, Christiaan Roets (North Wales Crusaders), Connor Farrer (South Wales Scorpions), Ollie Olds (Souths Logan Magpies, Australia), Regan Grace (St Helens), Anthony Walker (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Phil Joseph (Widnes Vikings), Rhodri Lloyd (Wigan Warriors)

Tickets for Wales v France at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park (kick-off 6.30pm) on Friday can be bought by going to http://www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk/match_day/tickets. Payment on the gate is still available on the night this Friday and fans can still enjoy the entry prices. Seat ticket are unreserved so you could still sit with people who have pre-booked. Ticket prices are £12 adults, £10 concessions and £5 for children.

 

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