Lee Briers set to return for Wales' Four Nations opener

Captain Lee Briers is set to return for Wales' Four Nations opener against England on Saturday.

The stand-off missed Wales' warm-up win over Ireland on Saturday but is expected to win his 21st cap at Leigh.

Wales' 19-man squad includes 11 players who played in Super League or the NRL last season.

"To open our Four Nations campaign against England in front of a full-house is a very exciting prospect," said Wales coach Iestyn Harris.

"It was a very difficult decision to choose the 19-man squad as last week's game against Ireland was a very good all-round team performance.

"It will be even more difficult to cut two more out of the squad for Saturday."

Chris Beasley misses out due to an ankle injury while there is no place in the squad for Geraint Davies, Andrew Gay, Mark Lennon and Lee Williams.

Davies was called-up as the replacement for Gareth Thomas, who announced his retirement on Tuesday.


England team to play Wales in Saturday's Four Nations match at Leigh: S Tomkins (Wigan); R Hall (Leeds), J Reed (Brisbane), K Yeaman (Hull), T Briscoe (Hull); K Sinfield (Leeds), R Chase (Castleford); J Graham (St Helens), J Roby (St Helens), J Peacock (Leeds, captain), G Ellis (Wests Tigers), B Westwood (Warrington), C Heighington (Wests Tigers). Substitutes: G Widdop (Melbourne), A Morley (Warrington), J Jones-Buchanan (Leeds), J Wilkin (St Helens).

Wales squad to face England: Andy Bracek (Crusaders), Lee Briers (Warrington Wolves), Neil Budworth (MacKay Cutters), Ross Divorty (Featherstone Rovers), Gil Dudson (Crusaders) Ben Flower (Crusaders), Tyson Frizell (Cronulla Sharks), Aled James (South Wales Scorpions), Jordan James (Crusaders), Danny Jones (Halifax) Craig Kopzcak (Bradford Bulls), Elliot Kear (Crusaders), Peter Lupton (Crusaders), Christiaan Roets (South Wales Scorpions), Matt Seamark (Wynnum Manly Seagulls), Ian Watson (Swinton Lions), Ian Webster (Central Comets), Lloyd White (Crusaders), Rhys Williams (Warrington Wolves).