Ireland to face Wales in Cardiff after Euro 2016 qualifiers

RTE 1 / 5 A new Welsh rugby league team is set to be unveiled at Cardiff’s Olympia Arena after the Rugby League World Cup in Ireland.

The first Wales squad to make the final will be announced at a news conference on Monday afternoon.

The team will be based in Cardiff and will include nine players who have played for the Wales Rugby League (WRRL) in the past.

The squad will feature a number of young Welsh players, including James Hook, Jack Rowley, Sam Cane, Rhys Webb, Chris Evans, Liam Williams and Gareth Davies.

The Wales Rugby Union (WRU) said the squad would be “the best squad of rugby league players ever assembled in one place”.

A spokesperson for the WRU said the team would be announced on Monday.

“The WRRL’s goal for 2018 is to deliver the most exciting, competitive and professional rugby league in Wales, and that is precisely what we are aiming to achieve,” said the spokesperson.

“We look forward to the team’s inaugural game against the Cardiff Blues at Olympia Arena on October 29.”

Rugby League Wales said it was excited to have Wales involved in the development of the team.

“Wales Rugby League is delighted to welcome Wales Rugby Football League to the Rugby World Cup for the first time,” said Rugby League UK chief executive, Stephen O’Donnell.

“This is a unique opportunity to work with our Welsh Rugby League colleagues to develop the players that we want to bring to Wales to play in the tournament.”

Wales Rugby is set for a successful tournament with three Welsh teams – Cardiff Blues, Cardiff Red Devils and Newport Gwent Dragons.

The two sides will play each other in the opening round of the tournament, which will see the Welsh side facing the Red Devils on Saturday, October 28 and the Dragons against Newport on Monday, October 29.