Wales Rugby League

Date: 8/10/14

Wales coach John Kear has brought in four new additions, including three potential new caps, to his European Championships squad.

Wales Student internationals Tom Hughes and Morgan Evans, the latter of whom also played for South Wales Scorpions last season, come in, as does Owain Griffiths of North Wales Crusaders, son of former coach Clive.

Hughes, who plays for League 1’s new club Coventry Bears, has also been a star for Loughborough University, Wales and Great Britain students, scoring tries for fun from the full-back position.

In addition, Cardiff-born Lewis Reece is in with a chance of his first cap in four years. The 23-year old famously converted Gareth Thomas’ debut try for Wales in a friendly defeat to Italy in Wrexham in 2011.

South Wales Scorpions’ record points scorer on 186, Reece spent the 2014 season in Queensland where he represented the famous Toowoomba Clydesdales regional side.

Kear has been forced to make the changes after Garreth Carvell and Rob Massam withdrew late last week.

Massam has cited work commitments while Carvell is struggling to recover from a knee injury.

However Carvell will still join the Welsh squad in an assistant coaching role.

He said: “After seeing the doctor, he has advised me that being put in a knee brace and doing no running for three months would be the best treatment if I’m intending to carry on playing next season and beyond.

“Unfortunately that means I’ll be unavailable to play for Wales and will have to withdraw from the squad. I was really looking forward to pulling on my Wales shirt again and although that can’t happen this year I still want to be involved with the team during the coming games in some capacity. I feel I’d be able to contribute in a positive way and would be willing to help out in any way I can.”

WALES SQUAD (revised): Joe Burke, Dalton Grant (both Barrow Raiders), Byron Smith (Batley Bulldogs), Elliot Kear (Bradford Bulls), Daniel Fleming (Castleford Tigers), Rhys Williams (Central Queensland Capras), Tom Hughes (Coventry Bears), Matty Barron, Ricky Hough (Gateshead Thunder), Izaak Duffy (Gloucestershire All Golds), Ollie Olds (Ipswich Jets, Australia), Jacob Emmitt (Leigh Centurions), Owain Griffiths, Christiaan Roets (both North Wales Crusaders), Yannic Parker (Oxford), Ashley Bateman, Phil Carleton, Paul Emanuelli, Morgan Evans, Connor Farrer, Kyle Scrivens, Jordan Sheridan (all South Wales Scorpions), Matty Fozard (St Helens), Lewis Reece (Toowoomba Clydesdales), Peter Lupton (Workington Town).