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Wales look to restore lost pride

WALES v ENGLAND
Venue: Brewery Field, Bridgend Date: 17 October Kick-off: 1815 BST
Coverage: Score updates on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Sport website. Live on Sky Sports 3


Iestyn Harris
Iestyn Harris says Wales will try to conduct themselves in the 'right way'

New Wales coach Iestyn Harris is keen to repair the damage inflicted by England a year ago as the two nations prepare to meet again in Bridgend.

England recorded their biggest win over Wales, running in 13 tries in a crushing 74-0 win at Doncaster.

"Last year was very disappointing and I think that did a lot of damage to Welsh rugby league," said Harris.

"We're going to try and repair a little bit of that and conduct ourselves in the right way this week."

At least Wales will not face England's first-choice side at Brewery Field on Saturday.

Tony Smith has chosen to rest his squad members from Leeds Rhinos and St Helens following their exertions in last weekend's Super League Grand Final.

But Harris says his mixture of full-time professionals, semi-professionals and students can still expect a tough encounter.

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"We're not going to say it's going to be easy," said Harris.

"England are an extremely good side. They've got elite players all over the field.

"You look at the competitiveness of Super League this year and he (Smith) has got so many good players to pick from.

"But it's a challenge for us and that's what sport's all about, challenging yourself. The guys are looking forward to it."

Celtic Crusaders forward Ben Flower will captain Wales in the absence of the injured David Mills.

This is vital preparation for the team and me personally. It's always a massive honour to lead your country and I'm very excited at the prospect

Adrian Morley

"For Iestyn to ask me to captain Wales was a dream come true," said Flower. "I'll try not to let Iestyn and the team down and I'm determined to do my best job on Saturday."

England skipper Adrian Morley is convinced the scoreline will be very different this time.

"Wales are in a bit of a re-building phase and I think they'll be a lot more spirited and give us a tougher test, without a doubt," he said.

"This is vital preparation for the team and me personally. It's always a massive honour to lead your country and I'm very excited at the prospect."

The game acts as a warm-up for both sides, with Wales going on to face Serbia and Ireland in the European Cup and England taking on France, Australia and New Zealand in the Four Nations.


Wales (from): Matt Barron (Gateshead Thunder), Ashley Bateman (Celtic Crusaders), Anthony Blackwood (Celtic Crusaders), Neil Budworth (Celtic Crusaders), Geraint Davies (Celtic Crusaders), Ross Divorty (Featherstone Rovers), Gil Dudson (Celtic Crusaders), Ben Flower (Celtic Crusaders, capt), Rhys Griffiths (Warrington), Jordan James (Celtic Crusaders), Elliot Kear (Celtic Crusaders), Craig Kopzcak (Bradford), Lewis Mills (Celtic Crusaders), Christiaan Roets (Bridgend Blue Bulls), Ian Watson (Leigh), Ian Webster (Central Comets), Lloyd White (Celtic Crusaders), Lee Williams (Celtic Crusaders), Rhys Williams (Warrington).

England: Paul Sykes (Bradford); Peter Fox (Hull KR), Sean O'Loughlin (Wigan), Michael Shenton (Castleford), Tom Briscoe (Hull FC); Sam Tomkins (Wigan), Richard Myler (Salford); Adrian Morley (Warrington, capt), Scott Moore (Huddersfield), Garreth Carvell (Warrington), Gareth Ellis (Wests Tigers), Ben Westwood (Warrington), Sam Burgess (Bradford). Replacements: Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook (Harlequins), Mickey Higham (Warrington), Chris Bridge (Warrington), Danny Tickle (Hull FC).



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see also
Wales 12-48 England
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Bridge given shock England call
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Harris takes over as Wales coach
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Atkins opts out of Four Nations
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Shenton included in England squad
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Super League strength helps Smith
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Goulding backing England victory
15 Sep 09 |  Rugby League
BBC to show England v Australia
06 Aug 09 |  Rugby League
France 12-66 England
13 Jun 09 |  Rugby League


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