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Ansell hoping to play in second World Cup match and repay faith for selection

7th November 2017, 09:19

Ansell hoping to play in second World Cup match and repay faith for selection

Wales halfback Danny Ansell believes the experience of playing at Rugby League World Cup 2017 will help his future career.

The 26-year-old's route to playing international rugby league isn't necessarily a straightforward one. 

Ahead of Wales' World Cup qualifier against Italy last autumn, Ansell's eligibility was discovered and he was brought into the squad a couple of days before the match.

12 months on, he finds himself in the final World Cup squad and he came on as an interchange against Fiji.

"It was good to finally get out there and be part of the World Cup," Ansell said. 

"It was always a goal of mine after being selected for the Italy game.

"Luckily, John [Kear's] kept faith in me and given me a chance in the World Cup.

"Hopefully, I'll get the nod again against Ireland and repay the faith."

After facing Fiji in Townsville, Wales' squad touched down in Perth yesterday ahead of their final group match against Ireland on Sunday.

On Perth and the challenge ahead, Ansell said: "It's another warm part of Australia.

"We've just trained in the main part of the day and the heat was real tough, but I'm sure that come Sunday we'll be ready to go.

"A lot of our boys will know their boys so we'll know what they're good at and what they've got to offer.

"I'm sure John will put a game plan together for us to compete and, hopefully, come away with a victory.

"I'm confident in all of the boys and the spirit has been great as well."

With Ansell set to step up a division to the Championship with Swinton Lions when he returns from international duty, he believes the experience of taking part in a World Cup will be valuable.

"It's the first time [I've been on any tour like this] and it's been extremely enjoyable," Ansell explained.

"It's been great being around the boys and it's been good to get about and see a bit of Australia.

"It's been a good experience.

"This season, I played in League 1 with Hunslet and I'm going on to bigger and better things with Swinton.

"This experience out in Australia with Wales is going to benefit me massively."

Danny Ansell is proudly sponsored by Carol and Barry Eaton and Snowden Seamless Floors

Wales face Ireland in Perth at 3.30pm AWST.

This will be Wales' only game that is live on FREE TO AIR TV after it was confirmed that Free Sports TV will show it live from 7am, along with Premier Sports, who will broadcast it in HD.

Free Sports is available on all platforms, as it says, free of charge, apart from Virgin.

The BBC's highlights coverage will be confirmed closer to the time.

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