Grace and Knowles included in Wales squad

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Wales head coach John Kear has announced his elite train-on squad for the next two years.

The 35-man squad will be used to select players for this autumn’s World Cup Nines tournament and next year’s European Championship.

Among those selected are St Helens duo Regan Grace and Morgan Knowles, both of whom have played a huge part in the Welsh side in recent years.

They are two of seven Super League players included in the squad, while there are also representation from the NRL in the shape of Penrith Panthers fullback Caleb Aekins.

Wales coach John Kear has named his 35-man elite train-on squad for 2019 and 2020.

“It’s important we spend time together and develop so that’s the reason we’ve formed this elite group,” said Kear.

“As well as meeting up each autumn for international fixtures, we’re going to be spending a lot more time with each other as a group for team-building exercises.

“We already have a number of players who are performing well at the top level, but we have plenty of talent and potential throughout the squad.

“I’m excited to see how this talented squad develops over the next couple of years as we build towards the 2021 World Cup.”

Wales’ 35-man elite train-on squad: Rhys Evans, Dalton Grant, Cobi Green (all Bradford Bulls), Josh Ralph (Easts Tigers), Chester Bulter, Connor Davies, Curtis Davies, Dan Fleming, Sion Jones (all Halifax), Jake Emmitt (Leigh Centurions), Matty Fozard, Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams (all London Broncos), Lloyd White (Mackay Cutters), Rob Massam (North Wales Crusaders), Caleb Aekins (Penrith Panthers), Gil Dudson, Luis Roberts (Salford Red Devils), Regan Grace, Morgan Knowles (both St Helens), Gavin Bennion, Mike Butt, Rhodri Lloyd, Ben Morris (all Swinton Lions), Ben Evans (Toulouse Olympique), Courtney Davies, Elliott Jenkins, Ollie Olds (all unattached), Lewis Hall (Warrington Wolves), James Olds (West Brisbane Panthers), Morgan Evans, Matthew Morgan, Steve Parry, Liam Rice-Wilson (all West Wales Raiders), Ben Flower (Wigan Warriors).