Ireland to take on Wales in Wheelchair World Cup warm-up

21 Aug 22, 1:31PM 0 Comments

Ireland and Wales will finalise their preparations for the IRL Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup when the two nations meet on Saturday 8 October at Calderdale Leisure Centre, Halifax.

The game will be the second meeting of the year between the two nations, with Wales winning 64-22 in the Celtic Cup.

It will be the last chance for both sides to finalise their 10-player squads ahead of the World Cup.

Ireland coach, Damian McCabe, said: “This game forms an important part of our final preparations. It will be less than a month away from the opening game and we take on a strong Wales side that has had the better of us for the last six years.

“We have trained hard for the last year-and-a-half and have shown improvement each time we’ve played and I’m looking to see that growth continue.”

Wales face defending World Cup champions France at London’s Copper Box Arena on November 3 before taking on Scotland and USA, while Ireland play Spain, England and Australia.

Wales coach, Stephen Jones, said: “We have played against Ireland numerous times and have a great record against them, but we will be putting a strong team out and definitely won’t take them lightly.

“All our players are itching to prove they belong in the squad and are going to be using this game to try to secure a place in the starting line up for the group stages.”

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