Quinnell called up to face Samoans

Click to follow
The Independent Online
Scott Quinnell will make his Welsh debut tomorrow in the most important match since the national team was re-formed, writes Dave Hadfield.

The Wigan forward has recovered from an ankle injury and takes his place in the second row against Western Samoa at Swansea, a match Wales must win to set up a semi-final against England.

Halifax's Mark Perrett drops out, while Neil Cowie, who missed Wales' opening match against France as his wife was having a baby, is on the bench at the expense of Mark Jones.

Samoa's coach, Graham Lowe, is delaying his selection but will not make many changes for a game that is expected to attract a 16,000 full house at Vetch Field.

Fiji, who play Australia this afternoon, are also holding on for three players rated as doubtful. The full-back, Waisele Sovatabua, has flu. The loose forward, Samuela Marayawa and the goal-kicking stand-off, Noa Nayacakalou, and have knee injuries.

The New Zealand Rugby League has apologised to the World Cup organisers after their hooker, Syd Eru, tested positive for pseudoephedrine.

WALES (Group Three v Western Samoa, Vetch Field, Swansea, tomorrow): Harris (Warrington); Devereux (Widnes), Gibbs (St Helens), Bateman (Cronulla), Sullivan (St Helens); Davies (Warrington, capt), Ellis (North Queensland Cowboys); Skerrett (Wigan), Hall (Wigan), Young (Salford), Moriarty (Halifax), Quinnell (Wigan), Eyres (Leeds). Substitutes: Cowie (Wigan), Cunningham (St Helens), Phillips (Workington), Hadley (Widnes).