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Wales and Ireland set to clock up World Cup miles

Wales and Ireland will play matches in Port Moresby, Townsville and Perth in the 2017 World Cup, organisers have confirmed.

Wales and Ireland ensured a full house of home nations at the tournament jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand, joining seeds England and Scotland, after completing their European qualifying campaign with wins over Italy and Russia respectively.

St Helens centre Ben Morris scored two tries as John Kear's Wales came from 14-10 down at half-time to triumph 20-14 in Monza, while Mark Aston's Ireland ran in 13 tries in a record 70-16 win over Russia in Bray that secured a fourth successive World Cup for the Wolfhounds.

They will play each other in the final match in pool C in Perth on November 12 as a curtain-raiser to England's group game against France, after earlier playing Papua New Guinea and Fiji.

World Cup chief executive Andrew Hill said: "I'd like to congratulate both Ireland and Wales on qualifying for next year's Rugby League World Cup.

"With large expat communities in Australia, we know these two teams will receive strong support and win over a legion of new fans during their respective campaigns."

The 14th and last place at the World Cup will be filled on Friday when Italy, captained by former Hull KR skipper Terry Campese, take on Russia in the final qualifying play-off at Leigh Sports Village.

Wales' pool matches: v Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby on October 28; v Fiji, Townsville Stadium on November 5; v Ireland, Perth Rectangular Stadium on November 12.

Ireland's pool matches: v Italy or Russia, Barlow Park, Cairns, on October 29; v Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby on November 5; v Wales, Perth Rectangular Stadium on November 12.


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