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Wales star Lloyd White to follow in footsteps of his uncle in RLWC2013
WIDNES Vikings' Lloyd White is four days away from potentially realising his dream of emulating his uncle by playing in the Rugby League World Cup.
The 25-year-old was in Salford to represent Wales alongside England’s Sam Tomkins at the event’s launch three years ago, and on Saturday he is expected to be at stand off for the Dragons against Italy as part of the opening day ceremony and double header at the Millennium Stadium in his birth city of Cardiff.
White, who hauled in 20 points with eight kicks and a try in the joint host nation’s 62-12 warm-up win against a Wales Select XIII in Colwyn Bay last week, is the nephew of Phil Ford.
The former Warrington, Wigan, Bradford, Leeds and Salford full back or winger was a try scorer for Great Britain in their famous World Cup victory over Australia in Sydney in 1988. He was also a member of Wales’ 1995 Centenary World Cup squad but did not play.
White is one of six players from Vikings’ 2013 squad looking to do their countries proud over the next five weeks.
Back rower Gareth Hock, who has signed for Salford next season, is with England, whose Group A clash with Australia in Cardiff on Saturday starts at 2.30pm, with Wales’ Group C/D crossover encounter with Italy following at 4.30pm. Both games will be televised live by the BBC, along with the opening ceremony at 1.30pm.
Forward Ben Kavanagh has linked up with former Vikings boss Steve McCormack in his Scotland set-up, and they face a test from Tonga in Group C at Workington on Tuesday, kick off 8pm.
Second row Dave Allen and prop Eamon O’Carroll have been selected by Ireland, who meet Fiji in Rochdale on Monday, kick off 8pm.
And finally back rower Frank Winterstein hopes to be involved with Samoa when they tackle defending champions New Zealand at Warrington on Sunday, kick off 6pm.
Another eight ex-Vikings players are due to compete, six of them with Ireland – Kurt Haggerty, Anthony Mullally, Bob Beswick, Simon Finnigan, Damien Blanch and Scott Grix, while Oliver Wilkes is to line up with Ireland and Jordan James with Wales.
USA, who are in Group D and face Cook Islands in Bristol next Wednesday, have been training at the Select Security Stadium in Halton this week.
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