Briers to skipper Wales
Warrington stand-off will lead Harris's side during Four Nations
Last Updated: 20/10/11 10:26am
Lee Briers: Confirmed as Wales captain for Four Nations
Wales have confirmed that Warrington stand-off Lee Briers will be their captain during the 2011 Gillette Four Nations Series.
The 33-year-old, who won the first of his 20 Welsh caps against England in 1998, returned to the national team after a two-year self-imposed exile last season to help them win the European Cup and qualify for the four-team tournament.
When he missed Wales' final match against France through injury, Gareth Thomas stepped to skipper the side to a 12-11 victory.
However, Briers has been confirmed in the role and is expected to lead the side out in Saturday's warm-up game against Ireland in Neath.
"I'm delighted that Lee will lead us into this year's Four Nations tournament. He was our captain last year and was a strong leader," Wales coach Iestyn Harris said.
"There was no reason whatsoever why he wasn't going to retain his captaincy.
"Lee is a fantastic servant for Wales. He is our most experienced squad member, has become a great leader for our nation and has become a good role model for younger members of our squad."
Briers' next appearance for Wales will enable him to go past Harris' 20 caps and put him just five behind Jim Sullivan, who is second in the list of all-time appearances.
The Warrington veteran is also third in his country's scoring list and needs just 32 points to overtake Sullivan into second place behind Harris, who still tops the list with 165 points.
Harris hopes to give most of his Four Nations squad a run-out against Ireland as they prepare for their opening game against England in Leigh next Saturday.