Dudson and White in Wales World Cup Squad

Dudson and White in Wales World Cup Squad widnesvikings.co.uk

21st July 2017

Widnes Vikings stars Lloyd White and Gil Dudson have been named in Wales' provisional 38-man squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

With 100 days until the tournament gets underway Down Under, the Vikings first-team members, who have been at the Club since 2012 and 2015 respectively, were announced in John Kear's provisional squad. The pair attended the Wales Rugby League kit and train-on squad launch event today. 

Lloyd White, who has 15 caps for his country, shared his excitement is building as the tournament edges closer. 

“I’m really excited to be heading Down Under - it’s something that I’ve wanted to achieve in my career. To go to Australia and represent my country in a World Cup really is a once in a lifetime opportunity”,  he said.

“With the group that we have been drawn in, against Papua New Guinea, Fiji and, Ireland, it isn’t going to be easy by any means. I know though that we will give it everything we have and I'm confident we can give a good account of ourselves.”

Vikings front rower Dudson, who has 20 caps since his debut game in 2008, is confident the Wales squad can impress.

"I can't wait to travel to Australia with the lads for the 2017 World Cup," he said.

"We have a lot of talent in the squad and we are a close knit group, so I'm confident we can go there and push towards qualifying out of our group. We've been in a confident mood since qualifying against Italy, and representing my country on such a big stage is something I'm looking forward to doing!"

Adam Daniels, Health Manager and First Team Match Day Analyst, is the Head of Strength and Conditioning at Wales Rugby League. He is looking forward to joining the Widnes pair in Australia and says planning is already underway for the coaching staff.

"I feel extremely privleged and excited to be in the position of Head of Strength and Conditioning,"

"Preperation for the World Cup began following our qualification against Italy in October of last year. Since then, the coaching staff have held regular meetings to discuss the workload and schedule for the tournament,"

He adds, "Personally, my focus will be on optimising the recovery of the players once we get out there. The players will be doing a lot of travelling during the tournament, so we'll be supporting them to peform at their optimal levels.  It's important that we ensure that the players are able to adapt and perform in the extreme heat Down Under, through good hydration and nutrition."

"This is once in a lifetime experience for us all, and we want to be fully prepared for the World Cup and really enjoy ourselves."

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