Grace headlines Wales squad

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St Helens winger Regan Grace is the headline pick of the Wales squad heading for the Nines World Cup later this month.

Grace is one of only three players in the squad to have played in the Super League in 2019.

Those other two players are London Broncos pair Rhys Williams and Elliot Kear.

The rest of the squad is predominately Championship players, with three others coming from Australia.

Those players are Lloyd White of Mackay Cutters, Will Evans of Burleigh Bears and James Olds of West Brisbane Panthers.

We’re all eager to take part in the 9s World Cup,” said Welsh Head Coach John Kear. “11 out of the 16 players featured in last autumn’s European Championship and World Cup qualifiers so it’ll be good for this squad of players to spend some more time together.

“We have a good mix of youth and experience in the squad, with a few players returning for the first time in a couple of years. We’ll be going to Australia and giving it our best shot against some strong sides.

“We want to build on the good work we did last year with a big couple of years coming up.”

Wales World Cup 9s squad: Rhys Evans, Dalton Grant, Cobi Green (Bradford Bulls), Will Evans (Burleigh Bears), Connor Davies, Curtis Davies, Dan Fleming (all Halifax), Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams (both London Broncos), Lloyd White (Mackay Cutters), Regan Grace (St Helens), Gavin Bennion, Mike Butt, Rhodri Lloyd (all Swinton Lions), Ben Evans (Toulouse Olympique), James Olds (West Brisbane Panthers).

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