Rugby League World Cup: Ben Flower hopeful on Wales' chances

Last Updated: 18/10/13 10:58am

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Ben Flower: Hoping to cap a remarkable season with success in the World Cup

Ben Flower: Hoping to cap a remarkable season with success in the World Cup

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Wales international Ben Flower sees no reason why Iestyn Harris' men cannot ruffle some feathers when this month's Rugby League World Cup starts.

Flower has enjoyed a Double-winning season to remember with Wigan after being part of the now defunct Crusaders outfit that withdrew from Super League at the end of the 2011 campaign.

The Cardiff-born forward is now aiming to pick up from where he left off in the Grand Final at Old Trafford when he runs out at the Millennium Stadium for the Dragons' opening World Cup game against Italy on October 26.

Harris has assembled an interesting mix of players and 25-year-old Flower is looking forward to playing alongside the fresh faces in Wales' squad.

"I can't wait to get into camp and meet up with all the Welsh boys, some I've recently played with or against and some new ones coming in."
Flower on Wales

"I can't wait to get into camp and meet up with all the Welsh boys, some I've recently played with or against and some new ones coming in. It's always nice to get some fresh faces," explained Flower.

"I think 90 per cent of our boys are Super League and we've got a couple from the NRL as well as some Queensland Cup and Championship lads in there, so I think we've a great squad that can definitely do some damage in the World Cup.

Good start

"We need to make sure we have a good start, especially in front of all the Welsh fans down in Wales, and kick on from there."

Italy, who came through the qualifiers, have bolstered their squad with no fewer than 12 players from the NRL, including former Kangaroo internationals Anthony Minichiello and Craig Gower.

Flower, a true-blood Welshman, has no problem with the Azzurri using the grandparental eligibility rule.

"At the end of the day, we've got boys who don't play in Wales and are not fully born and bred Welsh but they've got relatives who are Welsh," he continued.

"If that's case for them then so be it. It doesn't make any difference to us.

"We've just got to make sure we go out and get the win. They're going to be a tough team to beat so we are going to have to be on our game at the Millennium."

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