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Iestyn Harris says his Wales' players need to toughen up or miss next year's World Cup

Last Updated: 28/10/12 3:20pm

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Wales head coach Iestyn Harris says his squad will have to up the level of their physicality if they are to be realistic challengers at next year's rugby league World Cup.

And he warned the players that unless they improve considerably in this area, then their place in the squad is at stake.

Wales suffered a humiliating 80-12 defeat by England in Wrexham on Saturday, which followed on from their recent 14-point loss to France.

Harris admitted: "I just don't think the gulf is 80 points and that's why I'm disappointed.

"We caused England a few problems with ball in hand but whenever we got opportunities, they just seemed to over-power us in the tackle and dominate the next play.

"If we find that we haven't got the physicality that's required to be at that level, then we've got 12 months to put it right.

"We've got a full-time conditioner for the first time and we're doing some baseline testing next week for the first time ever in Wales' rugby league history.

"We're trying to give lads an idea of where they are and what sort of areas of improvement they need to make.

"If players don't get to those standards, then unfortunately they won't be in our squad. That's the type of standard we are now looking to achieve with Wales."

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