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Around the Leagues: January 31-February 3

4th February 2019, 07:46

Around the Leagues: January 31-February 3

With the new rugby league season up and running, we take a look at how Wales internationals got on with their clubs in the first Around the Leagues report of 2019.

Regan Grace in action for St Helens on the opening weekend

Regan Grace and Morgan Knowles started for St Helens in their 22-12 victory over local rivals Wigan Warriors, who named Ben Flower at prop. Both Grace and Flower got on the scoresheet for their sides.

Wales skipper Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams and Matty Fozard all grabbed tries for London Broncos in their 42-24 win over Wakefield Trinity. Former Dragons captain Craig Kopczak, who has now retired from international rugby league, crossed for Trinity.

Gil Dudson featured for Salford Red Devils in their 34-14 success over Huddersfield Giants.

In the Championship clash between Shieffield Eagles and Swinton Lions, four internationals were in action. Matt James turned out for Sheffield in their 64-10 win, while Mike Butt, Rhodri Lloyd and Gavin Bennion were all in the Swinton side.

Ben Evans was an interchange for Toulouse Olympique XIII in their 24-16 defeat at Leigh Centurions. 

His brother, Rhys, was named in the centres by John Kear for Bradford's narrow 17-16 victory over Featherstone Rovers.

Dan Fleming came off the bench for Halifax in their 40-16 loss at Widnes Vikings.

In pre-season, Curtis Davies turned out for Hunslet, as part of the club's dual-registration agreement with Halifax, in their 34-28 win over a Leeds Rhinos outfit.

Dai Evans, who earned a full international cap back in 2016, made his return to rugby league with West Wales Raiders in their 34-0 defeat to a youthful Wigan Warriors side. Chris Vitalini and Liam Rice-Wilson, who was part of John Kear's squad for last autumn's European Championship and 2021 World Cup qualifiers, were also in the Raiders' side. A number of other players capped at various levels below the senior team were involved.

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Article by Ryan Gould

Images by Richard Long