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Around the Leagues: how did Wales internationals get on with their clubs?

25th March 2018, 17:44

Around the Leagues: how did Wales internationals get on with their clubs?

National team media manager Ryan Gould takes a look at how Wales internationals performed for their clubs in the latest round of fixtures.

On Thursday night, Wales skipper Craig Kopczak started at prop and scored a try for Salford Red Devils in their 24-16 defeat at Widnes Vikings.

Although Gil Dudson and Lloyd White didn't feature for Widnes, both players are nearing their comebacks from their respective injuries. 

Regan Grace started on the wing and played 80 minutes for St Helens on Friday night in their 30-6 win at Hull Kingston Rovers. Morgan Knowles came off the bench for Saints.

Elsewhere in Super League, Ben Flower played at prop for Wigan Warriors in their 48-10 victory over Huddersfield Giants. 

In the Championship, meanwhile, Rob Massam played on the wing and scored a try in Rochdale Hornets' agonising 18-17 defeat to Toronto Wolfpack.

For the Wolfpack, Jake Emmitt started at prop and Sam Hopkins came off the bench.

On Saturday, Sion Jones, who featured for Wales Students last year and will be hoping to impress first-team head coach John Kear, and Dan Fleming were interchanges for Halifax in their 38-6 defeat at Toulouse Olympique XIII.

Three internationals - Rhodri Lloyd, Andy Bracek and Gavin Bennion - featured for Swinton Lions in their 64-18 defeat to London Broncos, who named Rhys Williams on the wing.

Marcus Webb, who has represented Wales below first-team level, also started for the Lions.

Rhys Evans played in the centres for Leigh Centurions in their 36-0 home victory over Dewsbury Rams. 

Matty Fozard, grabbing a try, and Matt James started for Sheffield Eagles in their 36-22 defeat at Barrow Raiders. 

In League 1, Dalton Grant scored a hat-trick from the wing in Bradford Bulls' 32-12 success over Yorkshire rivals Hunslet. 

Caleb Aekins in action for Penrith Panthers

Lewis Reece came off the bench for Whitehaven in their 30-6 win over Hemel Stags, who started Ricky Hough at hooker.

In the Challenge Cup, meanwhile, three internationals and exciting prospects - Zak Williams (named in previous train-on squads), Paul Emanuelli and James Geurtjens - played for Coventry Bears in their 31-20 victory over amateurs Pilkington Recs.

In midweek cup action for Halifax were Sion Jones and Connor Davies, who both appeared for Wales Students at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and are stars for the future.

Finally, over in Australia, Caleb Aekins, who was included in Wales' train-on squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, started at fullback for Penrith Panthers in their 18-16 Intrust Super Premiership win at home to New Zealand Warriors.

Ollie Olds was in the halves for Easts Tigers in their 30-22 defeat to Wests Panthers in the Brisbane Rugby League Premiership.

Check back at next week for the latest instalment of Around the Leagues.


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Images by Richard Long and Jeff Lambert (Penrith Panthers)