The trio were selected in John Kears 24man squad

first_imgThe trio were selected in John Kear’s 24-man squad.14 of the 17 players who featured in Wales’ victory over Italy last October to secure World Cup qualification – including Ben Morris who scored a brace that day – have been named.Despite not being named in the initial train-on squad, uncapped Chester Butler and Gavin Bennion have both been called up to the final 24.Halifax’s Butler is the grandson of former Wales international Colin Dixon, while Bennion has recently left Rochdale Hornets to join Super League club Salford Red Devils.The only other uncapped player is Josh Ralph, who plays in the Queensland (Intrust Super) Cup for Tweed Head Seagulls.Ben Flower (Achilles), Jake Emmitt (elbow), Lloyd White (hamstring), Ollie Olds (ACL), Rhys Evans (shoulder), Calvin Wellington (hamstring) and Daniel Brown (ACL) have all been ruled out through injury.Gil Dudson, Larne Patrick and Dan Fleming, meanwhile, are unavailable for the tournament.Wales head coach John Kear said: “I’m really happy with the squad that I’ve got for the tournament.“We’ve had withdrawals – some because of injury and some for personal reasons – but the lads who are going are showing a great deal of desire to represent their country.“I’m pretty certain that they will perform at this World Cup on the biggest stage. It’s a great opportunity.“We’ve not won a World Cup match since 2000. We didn’t qualify for the 2008 World Cup and we didn’t win in 2013.“It’s a long time between World Cup wins, but we’re unbeaten in six matches and the main goal is to get that first win. There’s then nothing to say that we can’t get out of the group and make the quarter-finals.”Wales:Courtney Davies, Steve Parry (both Gloucestershire All Golds), Chester Butler (Halifax), Danny Ansell (Hunslet), Sam Hopkins (Leigh Centurions), Michael Channing, Ben Evans, Dalton Grant, Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams (all London Broncos), Joe Burke (Oldham), Gavin Bennion, Ant Walker (both Rochdale Hornets), Craig Kopczak (Salford Red Devils), Matty Fozard (Sheffield Eagles), Andrew Gay, Christiaan Roets (both South Wales Ironmen), Regan Grace, Morgan Knowles, Ben Morris (all St Helens), Rhodri Lloyd (Swinton Lions), Josh Ralph (Tweed Head Seagulls), Phil Joseph (Workington Town), Matty Seamark (Wynnum Manly Seagulls)Wales’ 24-man squad will meet up later today to begin a two-day training camp in North Wales, concluding with a celebration dinner tomorrow evening.The squad will then fly out to Brisbane for a further training camp on Tuesday October 17.Wales will open their Rugby League World Cup 2017 campaign against Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on Saturday, October 28.They will then travel to Townsville in North Queensland to take on Fiji on Sunday, November 5.One week later, the Dragons will play their final group match against Ireland in Perth.last_img read more

Watch Do you want cleanliness and discipline Muscat asks party supporters

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Partit Laburista leader Joseph Muscat asked the party supporters whether they want cleanliness and discipline in their localities, during an activity held in Triq is-Swatar, Msida on Thursday evening.The political activity is part of Partit Laburista’s Annual General Conference themed ‘Lokalitajiet ta’ Għada’.During his concluding remarks, Muscat asked those present whether they want cleanliness in their respective localities having earlier said that he is not happy with the level of cleanliness in Malta. Speaking about a proposed reform for the local councils, he observed that one important aspect of the reform is that the regions will have more control over the issue of cleanliness and rubbish. He stressed that the level of cleanliness in the country must rise over the coming years saying that the Maltese held to their heart the cleanliness inside their homes and this should be reflected on the outside.Speaking about the upcoming Annual General Conference, Muscat said that while local councils were not his favorite, the manifesto which will be launched shortly explains better the Party’s vision for the various localities. He mentioned how Partit Laburista has prepared a manifesto for each locality saying that this was a result of a bottom up approach. According to Muscat, the Party’s vision for local council will give the local councils more tools to work with.Muscat spoke as well of the surplus which was recently registered by the country, saying that the country for the third consecutive year managed to register yet another surplus. Using the analogy of a business losing money, he said Malta was losing money in the past, however now it was registering a surplus. Muscat remarked that the Government has changed completely the country’s direction however at the same increased pensions and decreased taxes among others.Speaking about the surplus, Muscat told the supporters that when asked where the surplus is going, they should remember the cheques they have received, the tax refund, the VAT refund received on cars bought between 2003 – 2009, as well as higher pensions.Work-related injustices are being addressed, Muscat told party supporters on Thursday, saying that some €11.5 million will be given to 6,000 people who have suffered of such injustices in the past. The measure is directed towards addressing injustices suffered by police officers who were not paid for their overtime, dock workers, among others.Muscat during his concluding remarks reiterated the claim that Partit Nazzjonalista tried to prevent elections in some 23 localities. Elaborating on this claim, Muscat explained that the PN tried to disenfranchise voters, ‘in the hope that if the local council elections had not been held in these localities, the voters would not have gone out to vote in the EP elections’. SharePrintcenter_img WhatsApplast_img read more