Wales

  • Team Name
    The Dragons
  • First Appearance
    1975
  • RLWC2013 Group
    Group D
  • RLWC2013 Opponents
    Cook Islands, USA and Italy
  • Last Win
  • Players to watch
    Lloyd White, Craig Kopczak and Jordan James
Neil Budworth
N.Budworth
Ross Divorty
R.Divorty
Gil Dudson
G.Dudson
Jacob Emmitt
J.Emmitt
Ben Evans
B.Evans
Rhys Evans
R.Evans
Daniel Fleming
D.Fleming
Ben Flower
B.Flower
Tyson Frizell
T.Frizell
James Gurtjens
J.Gurtjens
Jordan James
J.James
Danny Jones
D.Jones
Elliot Kear
E.Kear
Craig Kopczak
C.Kopczak
Rhodri Lloyd
R.Lloyd
Peter Lupton
P.Lupton
Rob Massam
R.Massam
Larne Patrick
L.Patrick
Christiaan Roets
C.Roets
Matt Seamark
M.Seamark
Anthony Walker
A.Walker
Ian Webster
I.Webster
Lloyd White
L.White
Rhys Williams
R.Williams

Group D

Sun Nov 03 KO: 2:00pm GLYNDWR UNIVERSITY RACECOURSE STADIUM
WREXHAM
Wales
16-24
USA
REPORT
Sun Nov 10 KO: 2:00pm THE GNOLL
NEATH
Wales
24-28
Cook Islands
REPORT

Group C/D

Sat Oct 26 KO: 4:30pm MILLENNIUM STADIUM
CARDIFF
Wales
16-32
Italy
REPORT

A bit of History

Wales boasts one of the longest standing teams in Rugby League history – as well as some of the sports greatest ever players. 

In 1908 they defeated New Zealand’s famous ‘All Golds’ touring side in their first official international, though the story of Welsh Rugby League arguably goes back even further. 10 Welshmen featured in the Other Nationalities team that played England in 1904. 

Wales’s track record in producing players of the highest calibre is second to none. Three Welshmen are honoured in the Rugby League Hall of Fame: Billy Boston, Wigan’s all-time record try scorer with a magnificent record of 478 tries in 488 games; Jim Sullivan, all-time record appearance and points scored for Wigan; and Gus Risman, who led minnows Workington Town to Challenge Cup glory in 1952 at the age of 41. 

The Welsh team that competed in the 1995 World Cup included the mercurial Jonathan Davies and powerhouse Scott Gibbs, alongside the emerging talents of Iestyn Harris and Kieron Cunningham.    

With an array of talent at their disposal, the Dragons managed to reach the semi-final stage in 1995 and repeated the feat at the 2000 World Cup, where they led the mighty Australians 20-8 in the second half before losing 46-22. 

The 2008 qualifying campaign was less memorable, but with qualification for 2013 now assured coach Iestyn Harris will be hoping that his charges can once again put Welsh Rugby League on the map.