Head Coach: Iestyn Harris
Captain: Lee Briers
Previous Four Nations Played (1): 2011
Wales is one of the longest standing teams in Rugby League history having played their first Test match against the famous New Zealand ‘All Golds’ touring side in 1908, where they defeated the tourists by a single point to notch their first ever Test match victory. However, the history of Welsh Rugby League arguably goes back even further to the first ever Test match, which was played in 1904 between England and Other Nationalities, of which 10 of the 12 man squad were of Welsh nationality.
Wales has a proven record in producing players of the highest calibre and three of their players have been honoured with a place in the Rugby League Hall of Fame. Those players are Billy Boston, Wigan’s all-time record try scorer with a magnificent record of 478 tries in 488 games, Jim Sullivan, all-time record appearance and points scored for Wigan and Gus Risman, who led minnows Workington Town to Challenge Cup glory in 1952, aged 41.
The Welsh team booked their place in the 2011 Gillette Four Nations with a fine 12 points to 11 win over the French in the Final of the 2010 Alitalia European Cup.
The French were expected to win and claim the final spot in this years Four Nations but the Welsh, under the leadership of Head Coach Iestyn Harris and Captain, the legendary Gareth Thomas, upset the odds and stole the title from under the Frenchmen's noses.