Tyson Frizell added to Wales World Cup squad

Rugby League World Cup

  • Dates: 26 October to 30 November

Coverage: Live BBC TV, radio and online coverage of all England's group matches and Wales v Italy, plus one quarter-final, one semi-final and the final

Tyson Frizell has given Wales a fitness boost ahead of the Rugby League World Cup.

Wales were resigned to be without the St George Illawarra second row for the tournament due to injury.

But coach Iestyn Harris said Frizell is recovering quicker than expected and has added the 22-year-old to his squad.

Wales take on Italy at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on the opening day of the tournament on 26 October.

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Tyson Frizell's inclusion would mean that we will have 15 players in our side who have played at the highest level this season

Iestyn Harris Wales Rugby League coach

"Our head physiotherapist Ben Stirling has been in contact with his club in Sydney and they are now saying that his injury is recovering a lot quicker than they expected," Harris said.

"They will know by next week whether he will be fit or not and if it's positive news then we'll be delighted to have him over here playing for Wales once again.

"His inclusion would mean that we will have 15 players in our side who have played at the highest level this season, which would be the most we've had in many years."

Frizell made his debut for Wales against Ireland in 2011 and made two further appearances in the Four Nations tournament the same year.

Wollongong-born Frizell missed last year's Tri-Series games against England and France through injury.

He has made 22 appearances for St George Illawarra this season and if he does regain fitness, he will be Wales' only representative from the NRL.

Wales face a Wales Rugby League Select XIII in a warm-up match at Colwyn Bay on October 15.