Tomorrow marks six months until the start of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, and London’s utility back, Elliot Kear, will be a strong bet to feature in the squad.
With 21 Welsh caps to his name, Kear debuted in 2009, when Wales took on England at Brewery Field. His most recent game was Wales’ 20-14 defeat of Italy in October, ensuring the visitors qualified for the World Cup.
Where does he hope to be this October?
“If I’m fit and playing well, I want to be on that plane going to Australia.
“Rhys Williams and I talk about it quite a bit – it was a big thing with the Wales team last season, building a good, strong team, and building into it.
“We won the European Cup, which was great, so now hopefully we can just keep a strong squad and go in to that looking to get into another quarter final – out of the group stages basically.
“Playing at home in Cardiff in the World Cup was a great experience at Millennium Stadium. The results didn’t really go our way that year, but as I said, great experience, and hopefully I can be there again.”
Kear attended Whitchurch High School with a Welsh rugby union captain, Sam Warburton, and a Welsh football captain, Gareth Bale – does he think we’ll see him as Welsh rugby league captain any time soon?
“(Laughs) No, not really. It would be a great honour to have something like that. It’s funny, because I still don’t see myself as a senior person being 28, though some may say I might be.
“I’d love to [be captain] if it was ever given to me. It would be a great honour.”