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RLWC Week 3 - Eagle Watch

14th November 2017, 09:00

RLWC Week 3 - Eagle Watch

Take a look at how a number of the Eagles' 2017 squad got on during week 3 of the Rugby League World Cup..

Ireland claimed their second victory of the Rugby League World Cup on Sunday, beating Wales 34-6 in Perth.

Back-rower Will Hope, who gained selection for his country after a great year at the Eagles - made his first ever World Cup appearance for the Wolfhounds while Dragons hooker Matty Fozard was used as a substitute for the third consecutive game.

Mark Aston’s men, despite winning two of their three group games, are out of the competition due to Papua New Guinea winning all of their matches, including a 64-0 mauling against the USA.

Sheffield had a strong contingent in the Irish camp and not just courtesy of Aston and Hope.

Ged Corcoran, Kat Dawson and Brian Moore all played their part as assistant coach, physio and kitman respectively. 

Half-back James Kelly, recently released by the Eagles, was also selected for the Wolfhounds but didn't feature. 

Meanwhile, Wales lost all three of their matches in a tough group stage which saw them face PNG and Fiji as well as Ireland.

John Kear’s men faced a number of problems before the competition, with a host of Super League experience dropping out of the squad as injuries wreaked havoc.

Fozard, a fans favourite in South Yorkshire, shared his playing time at the tournament with Gloucestershire All Golds dummy-half Steve Parry. 

Papua New Guinea had no problems getting past the Hawks, who are coached by Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott.

Garry Lo failed to get on the scoresheet for the Kumuls as he limped off during the game, putting a doubt over his fitness ahead of the knockout stages.

PNG will face England in the quarter-finals, providing Lo with a perfect chance to make his mark against Super League opposition before he starts pre-season training with Castleford Tigers. 

Written by Dan Fowler