Wales return for captain Lee Briers

Lee Briers
Lee Briers have won two Challenge Cups for Warrington

Captain Lee Briers has returned to Iestyn Harris' squad ahead of Wales' Four Nations Series debut.

The Warrington Wolves stand-off missed the 12-11 European Cup-clinching win over France last October which secured qualification to the Four Nations.

Wing Gareth Thomas, who has been out since July with a broken arm, is named in coach Harris' 35-man training squad.

Wales, who have included five uncapped players, start their tournament against England in Leigh on 29 October.

A visit to Wembley to face New Zealand follows on 5 November, before facing Australia on 13 November at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground.

Harris' side will play a Four Nations warm-up against Ireland in Neath on 22 October before he trims his squad to 22 for the series.

Forward Peter Lupton and back Jamie Murphy, the Crusaders duo, will hope for their international debuts while South Wales Scorpions centre Dalton Grant also wins his first Wales call.

Half-back Matt Seamark, who plays for Australian side Brisbane Broncos' feeder side Wynnum Manly Seagulls, and Tyson Frizell, a 19-year-old second-rower from Sydney-based NRL side Cronulla Sharks, have also earned calls.

Frizell, an Australian rugby union schoolboys international with a Welsh father, and 24-year-old Seamark, who has a Welsh grandmother, both contacted Harris directly declaring their eligibility.

"I've seen videos of their matches, they've held their hands up," said Harris.

"They both look like high quality players and as they qualify and want to be involved, I'd be foolish to overlook them. We'll get them in the training camp, see what they're like."

Harris' Welsh training camp starts next week although Briers and Thomas' Wales involvement in the squad will be delayed.

Experienced Briers is a key member of Warrington's Super League squad that is preparing to play Huddersfield in Friday's play-off showdown.

And Thomas, the 37-year-old threequarter, has not fully recovered from his broken arm but will be ready to face Ireland at The Gnoll.

"It'll be good to get into training with them to take a closer look at them over the next month to six weeks," said Harris.

"There's a lot of optimism to what we can achieve."

Wales training squad: Craig Kopzcak (Bradford Bulls), Mark Lennon (Thirroul Butchers), Chris Beasley, Ian Webster (both Central Comets), Tyson Frizell (Cronulla Sharks), Andy Bracek, Gil Dudson, Ben Flower, Jordan James, Elliot Kear, Peter Lupton, Jamie Murphy, Gareth Thomas, Lloyd White, Lee Williams (all Crusaders), Ross Divorty (Featherstone Rovers), Danny Jones (Halifax), David Mills (Leigh Centurions), Geraint Davies (Limoux Grizzlies), Neil Budworth (MacKay Cutters), Rhys Griffiths (Sheffield Eagles), Joe Burke, Chris Davies, Andrew Gay, Dalton Grant, Aled James, Rhodri Lloyd, Steve Parry, Jack Pring, Christiaan Roets (all South Wales Scorpions), Ian Watson (Swinton Lions), Lee Briers, Rhys Williams (both Warrington Wolves), Matt Seamark (Wynnum Manly Seagulls).

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