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Paul Moriarty with BBC Wales' Steffan Garrero
"The training sessions have gone fairly smoothly"
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Papua challenge for Paul
Paul Moriarty
Paul Moriarty: keen to play
Wales have recruited veteran rugby union forward Paul Moriarty in time for Sunday's Lincoln World Cup quarter-final with Papua New Guinea.

Coach Clive Griffiths wants the 36-year-old Swansea flanker to solve his pack crisis following the loss of props Neil Cowie and Dave Whittle and loose forward Karle Hammond.

Swansea had raised a number of concerns surrounding the insurance of the player, but they have now been settled.

Griffiths, who is also assistant coach at Swansea had successfully managed to persuade Bridgend to release centre John Devereux, who was in the Welsh team that reached the World Cup semi-finals five years ago.


It is something I never thought I'd do again
  Paul Moriarty

"It has been a strange week or so," said Moriarty.

"With Clive involved at Swansea and wanting my involvement in the squad, it has been a bit awkward on all sides," he added.

But the lure of another crack at the 13 man code left Moriarty sighing in anticipation.

"It is something I never thought I'd do again," he said.

"It is up to Clive if I am in the starting 17 ... but if I am, I can't wait," he said eagerly.

"The training sessions went fairly smoothly and I have retained quite a bit in the memory bank," Moriarty confirmed.

Moriarty won 12 Welsh caps from 1991-96 during his league career with Widnes, Halifax and South Wales before returning to Swansea when rugby union went professional four years ago.

The big flanker also won two caps for Great Britain - one of which was against Papua New Guinea.

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