Iestyn Harris names Wales squad for Autumn Series opener against France
Last Updated: October 17, 2012 3:35pm
Iestyn Harris: Makes eight changes to his Wales squad that lost to France in June
Iestyn Harris has named his 19-man Wales squad to face France in their Autumn International Series opener in Lens on Saturday.
The 36-year-old has made eight changes to the side that lost 28-16 to France in their mid-season Test in June.
Wales are without Rhys Williams (knee) although Harris has Wigan Warriors forwards Ben Flower and Gil Dudson back from injury.
Bradford full-back Elliot Kear returns following a wrist injury while Warrington Under-20s prop Ben Evans, centre Rob Massam, of Championship side North Wales Crusaders, and Australia-based pair Neil Budworth and half-back Matt Seamark are included.
Harris is pleased with his squad's pre-match preparations, stating his players, whom he deems are the strongest available, have responded to his guidance.
"The 19-man squad is ready to put in a good performance for us and the guys have jumped in with a really good attitude. We took a couple of days to settle into the structures but now they are a unit."
"We came together a week ago and I am really happy with the way the guys have trained over the period since. We asked a lot of our players when they came in and they have responded very well," said Harris.
"The 19-man squad is ready to put in a good performance for us and the guys have jumped in with a really good attitude. We took a couple of days to settle into the structures but now they are a unit.
"The systems of our play are coming through nicely in the squad. Everyone selected is available for us - we have no new injuries - so we are happy with that and so we have picked the strongest squad we could for this match."
Wales 19-man squad: E Kear (Bradford), B Evans (Warrington), M Channing (London Broncos), C Roets, R Massam, (both North Wales Crusaders), N Budworth (Mackay Cutters), D Jones, C Moss (both Keighley), M Seamark (Wynnum Manley), D James, S Parry, J Burke (all South Wales Scorpions), J James (Salford), G Dudson, B Flower, R Lloyd, R Pugsley (all Wigan), D Fleming (Castleford), C Kopzcak (unattached).