No mid season test for Wales

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Wales Rugby League have confirmed their Men’s team will not take part in a mid-season test before the World Cup.

Instead, they will be taking part in an autumn test just before the World Cup is scheduled to begin.

Wales’ men’s team have been drawn alongside Tonga, Papua New Guinea and the Cook Islands, and will be based in Preston for the tournement.

Men’s team head coach John Kear told the RLW website: “We feel the best option from a performance perspective is not to take part in an international match this summer.

“For some of our squad playing in the Championship and League 1, this is the first time they’ve played for the best part of 12 months and they’ll already have a congested fixture calendar with their clubs.

“We don’t want to put them in a position where they’re possibly having to play for their club and country in such a short space of time.

“We’re looking at an international shortly before the World Cup starts and planning some opportunities where we can get together during the season. We’re regularly in contact with all our squad anyhow.

“We feel this is a far better option because we’ll be able to take a better look at all our squad, no matter where they’re currently playing in the world, and how we’re shaping up ahead of the tournament.”

WRL CEO Gareth Kear added: “Our primary concern was player welfare and not putting players in a situation of making a club versus country decision.

“It’s a unique situation with a shortened season and one that has increased pressure for clubs to be successful. We recognise it’s going to be tough for players, coaches and clubs.”

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