John Kear has named his side for Wales’ second game of the World Cup which comes at St Helens’ Totally Wicked Stadium.
He made three changes with Dalton Grant, Gavin Bennion and Kyle Evans coming into the 17.
Evans shone at Wakefield immediately after signing for the club scoring on his debut. He was unlucky to fall out of the side later in the season.
Caleb Aekins, who looks set to be headed pastures new in 2023 after not being included in Leigh’s 2023 squad, is named at fullback with Rhys Williams of Salford Red Devils on the wing alongside skipper and former teammate Elliot Kear.
Former Saints man and Wakefield Trinty man Anthony Walker remains at prop whilst Widnes’ Matty Fozzard is at nine.
Ex-Huddersfield Giants forward Chester Butler is at second row.
There is no debut for Warrington Wolves youngster Luke Thomas who joined the squad this week as a replacement for the injured Ben Evans who suffered a throat injury.
Defeat for Wales would end their tournament but a win is unlikely despite how close they ran Cook Islands last week in Leigh.
Tonga are one of the favourites to claim the World Cup trophy after the likes of Australia and New Zealand.
Here’s the team:
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Four changes to the team that faced Cook Islands with Kyle Evans, Dalton Grant and Gavin Bennion coming into the starting line-up, and Tom Hopkins among the interchanges. #CymruRL | #RLWC2021 | @HaysTravel pic.twitter.com/KcaWUKyJ9S
— Wales Rugby League (@WalesRugbyL) October 24, 2022