Triangular International Series: Wales’ Lloyd hopes to cap great week

Wales star Rhodri Lloyd reveals he hopes to cap a great week against France in their Triangular International Series opener

Rhodri Lloyd has revealed he hopes to finish a great week on a high when Wales face France in the opener of the Triangular International Series on Saturday

The 19-year-old has been in fine form for Wigan’s reserve side throughout his debut season in the Super League and was named as Wales’ Competing Nation Player of the Year by the Rugby League International Federation earlier in the week.

“For me, it will be a good test to see we’re I am at,” he said. “It will give me the opportunity challenge myself against world-class players, and go up against the likes of Gareth Hock and Ryan Atkins.

“It will be a good test for us all because we are a young team but we want to see how we match up against some of the best.

“We may have an inexperienced team but we are a band of brothers and are full of hunger. We can’t wait to play for each other and to represent our proud nation.”

The France side is made up predominantly of Catalan players – the only non-English side to play its trade in the Super League – but Wales forward Jordan James feels that they too have a tight-knit bunch.

“Them having so many Catalans players doesn’t worry us at all,” said the ex-Marine.

“Out of the Catalans players they have put in the squad, only five or six are regular first-teamers. The others are on the fringe so who they play for is irrespective.

“They all come under the French flag and I don’t think they have the team ethos and bonding that we have. So we need to use that to our advantage, showing how much of a family we are, even the young guys who have come in. We need to use that against them.”

The French were able to pull one over in a mid-season international in Wrexham but James and his team-mates will feel confident especially with a number of key names back in the side.

“We only need one win and we are in the final so this is sort of our final this week,” he added.

“If we don’t win this, we won’t be in the final so we have to put everything on the table and leave nothing in the locker. Then, hopefully, we will come away with the win.”

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