Barron bags Wales World Cup spot

Barron bags Wales World Cup spot

10th October 2017

Matty Barron will be spending the start of November on the far side of the world this year, after the prop forward was named in Wales’ 24 man squad for the tournament.

Qualifying for Wales through his Mother, he has won nine caps to date, with his matches on the world stage having seen him play against Ireland, Scotland and Serbia.

Part of the victorious European Cup campaign in 2009, his last cap came in the 2015 edition of the tournament in an 18 – 12 win over Scotland.

Booking his place on the plane through his performances in 15 appearances for Thunder over the course of 2017, Barron will be hoping to play a key part for Wales against Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Ireland and plot a course into the quarter finals.

Barron joins a squad that features 12 players from Super League clubs, nine players from Championship clubs, 13 players from League 1 clubs and four players from NRL and Australian clubs.

Speaking at the squad announcement, Wales coach John Kear said: "The train-on squad is a mixture of those who have achieved with us and newcomers who have come to our attention; we want to be able to pick the best squad for the World Cup.”

Rugby League’s premier international competition, the World Cup was first held in 1954, with the 2017 tournament the 15th iteration. Featuring 14 mens and 6 womens teams from around the globe, it will be hosted in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. 

Wales’ group games will be covered live by BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, with highlights broadcast on BBC Two.



Barron bags Wales World Cup spot