WIDNES Vikings three-quarter Ed Chamberlain has earned a first call-up into Ireland’s 2017 Rugby League World Cup 24-man squad.

And with Lloyd White ruled out of the Wales squad with a hamstring injury and Gil Dudson unavailable, Chamberlain will likely be the club's sole playing representative in the prestigious tournament that kicks off in Australia later this month.

A graduate of the Vikings Academy, Chamberlain has been part of the Vikings first team squad for two years.

The 21-year-old centre made 19 appearances for the Vikings last term, coupled with spells at Workington Town and Bradford Bulls, to impress Ireland head coach Mark Aston .

Chamberlain said: “This call up is huge for me.

“I haven’t played as much this season, so I can’t wait to get over there and get back on the field and playing again.

“At international level, playing against some great players, as well as being in a different country, you have to be at your best in every game. It will be a big challenge and I’m looking forward to it.”

Widnes Vikings Head Coach, Denis Betts, shared his delight at Ed Chamberlain’s call up to Ireland’s 2017 Rugby League World Cup squad.

Vikings boss Denis Betts, who will be assisting England coach Wayne Bennett during the tournament, said: “I’m delighted to hear that Ed has been called up to represent Ireland at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. His form in the second-half of last season was impressive, so it is pleasing to see that his performances have been recognised with this selection.

"I’m sure that Ed will gain great experience from being part of the tournament, which will only serve to support his development as a player and enhance his contribution to Widnes Vikings going forward. On behalf of everyone at the Club, I’d like to congratulate him on this achievement.”

Ireland take on Italy, Papua New Guinea and Wales in the Pool Stage of the Competition, starting their campaign on October 25 against Italy in Cairns, Australia.