Rugby League World Cup: Wales v USA preview
Last Updated: 02/11/13 1:02pm
Wales take on the United States in a must-win World Cup group D clash at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground on Sunday.
Christiaan Roets will win his 14th cap on his home ground in place of Wigan's Rhodri Lloyd in the only change to the side that lost 32-16 to Italy in Cardiff.
Ross Divorty and Anthony Walker have forced their way into coach Iestyn Harris' 19-man squad after being omitted last weekend.
Harris is hoping Wales will be more fluent in their attacking play when they take on Terry Matterson's USA team.
The Tomahawks are on a high following a shock pre-tournament win over France in Toulouse and a 32-20 victory over Cook Islands on their World Cup debut in Bristol on Wednesday.
"We've had a good week and preparations have been going well," said Harris.
"We've a couple of things we need to work on but the boys are really gelling after a couple of weeks together.
"We were a little bit of the pace against Italy. Rugby league is a game of small margins and we weren't quite where we wanted to be. I'm expecting the players to be a lot more up to speed this week because they've trained exceptionally well.
"By Sunday I expect those areas to have been ironed out and that we will be a lot more fluent in our attacking structure. I also want us to be a bit more aggressive with our line speed as well.
"There was a lot of effort against Italy but I thought at times we sent that energy in the wrong direction. We've spoken about that as a group and everyone in the squad now knows how to channel that energy and passion in the proper direction.
"We want a more consistent performance against the USA on Sunday - if we do that then we're a match for anybody."
WALES (19-man squad): Neil Budworth (Moranbah Miners), Ross Divorty (Halifax), Gil Dudson (Wigan Warriors), Jacob Emmitt (Salford Red Devils), Ben Evans (Bradford Bulls), Rhys Evans (Warrington Wolves), Ben Flower (Wigan Warriors), Tyson Frizell (St George Illawarra Dragons), Jordan James (Salford Red Devils), Elliot Kear (Bradford Bulls), Craig Kopzcak (Huddersfield Giants), Peter Lupton (Workington Town), Larne Patrick (Huddersfield Giants), Christiaan Roets (North Wales Crusaders), Matt Seamark (Wynnum Manly Seagulls), Anthony Walker (St Helens), Ian Webster (Central Queensland Capras), Lloyd White (Widnes Vikings), Rhys Williams (Warrington Wolves).
USA (19-man squad): Bureta Faraimo (MacKay Cutters), Kristian Freed (Connecticut Wildcats), Michael Garvey (Pennsylvania Bulls), Roman Hifo (Mangere East Hawks), Daniel Howard (Wentworthville Magpies), Judah Lavulo (Carbamatta), Haveatama Luani (Wests Tigers), David Marando (Belrose Eagles), Clint Newton (Penrith Panthers), Mark Offerdahl (AS Carcassonne), Joseph Paulo (Parramatta Eels), Matthew Petersen (Cudgen Hornets), Eddy Pettybourne (Wests Tigers), Craig Priestly (Southampton Dragons, USA), Tuisegasega Samoa (Redcliffe Dolphins), Matthew Shipway (Newcastle South), Les Soloai (Portland Hunters), Lelauloto Tagaloa (Hawaii Chiefs), Taylor Welch (Chicago Griffins).
2013 Rugby League World Cup
This years' Rugby League World Cup has been hailed as the greatest of all time by the organisers. Australia claimed their 10th title by beating New Zealand in the final in front of a record attendance.
RFL chief executive Nigel Wood is confident the sport will capitalise on the success of hosting the World Cup.
We take a look back at the highs and occasional low from probably the best World Cup to date.
- Hetherington wants more cups
- Wallace commits to Scotland
- Widdop left gutted by defeat
- Tomkins devastated by defeat
- Burgess defends brother George
- Johnson expresses relief
- Kangaroos leap into final
- Sheens tribute to Civoniceva
- Australia v Fiji: Teams
- Burgess out to deny Williams
- Aussies wary of physical Fiji
- Foran highlights main threats
- Two video refs for World Cup
- Civoniceva gets Wembley buzz
- Fiji too strong for Samoa
- England disappoint McNamara
- England stroll into semis
- Sheens retains Slater hope
- Australia put USA to the sword
- Samoa v Fiji: Teams
- Williams injury played down
- Kiwis stroll into semis
- Sheens: Slater has learned
- Brough set for toughest test
- Scots ready for biggest task
- Kiwis wary of Henderson
- Farah dropped for US clash