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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 October, 2004, 16:00 GMT 17:00 UK
Welsh legends play on
Allan Bateman
Bateman still plays Union and League at the age of 39
Allan Bateman, John Devereux and Kevin Ellis have been included in Wales' squad for this autumn's Rugby League European Nations Cup.

Bateman (aged 39), Devereux (38) and Ellis (36) now play for Bridgend Blue Bulls in the Welsh Conference.

"I've had a great time with Bridgend and I still play Union for Maesteg with John and Allan," said Ellis.

Wales open their campaign against Ireland at Aberavon RUFC on Sunday, 17 October (1430 BST).

"Allan, John and I had the phone call from Welsh coach Steve Wilkinson," said Ellis.

"We've been invited to be in the squad, so barring injuries and unavailability, we're looking forward to it."

"The home game shouldn't be a problem for any of us.

"However the away match at Scotland may prove difficult for Allan and John as they are both now working in high-paid jobs outside of rugby.

"Their appearances will depend on the broken-time payments that the Rugby League will be offering."

2004 European Nations Cup:
16 October: Russia v France, Moscow Olympic Stadium
17 October: Wales v Ireland, Aberavon RUFC (1430 BST)
24 October: Russia v England, Moscow Olympic Stadium
24 October: Scotland v Wales, Glasgow Hawks RFC (1500 BST)
29 October: Ireland v Scotland, Navan RFC (1930 BST)
30 October: France v England, Avignon
7 November: European Nations Cup Final at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington (1345 BST)

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