More joy for Raiders as quar­tet land Wales call

Llanelli Star - - RUGBY & RACING -

THE new feel­good factor sur­round­ing West Wales Raiders con­tin­ued af­ter four of their play­ers were named in Wales’s elite train-on squad.

Head coach John Kear will use the 35-man squad to se­lect play­ers for this au­tumn’s 9s World Cup and next year’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

The ul­ti­mate goal is to cre­ate a com­pet­i­tive side for the World Cup in two years’ time.

The Raiders quar­tet are Mor­gan Evans, Matthew Mor­gan, Steve Parry and Liam Rice-Wil­son.

Mor­gan and Rice-Wil­son are among six un­capped play­ers in the squad.

Kear said: “We had a re­ally pos­i­tive in­ter­na­tional cam­paign last year and it was great to see a young, hun­gry Welsh side per­form­ing well.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant that we spend time to­gether and con­tinue to de­velop, so that’s the rea­son we’ve formed this elite group.

“We al­ready have a num­ber of play­ers who are per­form­ing well at the top level, but we have plenty of talent and po­ten­tial through­out the squad.”

The call-ups for the Raiders aces come with the club still cel­e­brat­ing the 44-16 vic­tory over Coven­try Bears in Bet­fred League 1 ear­lier this month, a win that ended a win­less se­quence of 43 games stretch­ing back to 2017.

And they will hope to build on that per­for­mance when they host sec­ond-placed Newcastle Thunder at Ste­bon­heath Park on Satur­day (3pm).

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