Craig Kopczak named captain of the Wales rugby league team ahead of clash with France

Last Updated: 19/10/12 1:47pm

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Craig Kopczak: Honoured to take over as Wales captain

Craig Kopczak: Honoured to take over as Wales captain

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Craig Kopczak has been confirmed as the new captain of Wales ahead of Saturday's clash with France in Lens.

The prop, who is currently without a club after walking out on Bradford before the end of the 2012 Super League season, was recently elevated to the nation's four-strong leadership group.

Kopczak, who qualifies for Wales through his grandparents, will be winning his 10th cap in the opening game of the autumn triangular tournament which also includes England.

"It is an unbelievable honour," he said. "Every one of the boys with Wales has congratulated me and that means a lot to me.

"It will be a proud moment for me to lead the country out against the French. I have gained a lot of experience and leadership in the past years and I hope I can now bring that to the fore.

"There have been a lot of amazing captains for Wales over the years and hopefully I can fill those boots.

"I am just going to put everything behind me now and do everything I can to help the boys win this game on Saturday."

Coach Iestyn Harris said: "We are delighted that Craig will lead us out against France. He is an excellent player, with lots of experience and who we are sure will do an outstanding job for us.

"He was one of the four-man leadership panel when we discussed the captaincy during the week and he will have the armband for this Test against France."

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