Surveyor called up to squad for Welsh Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers

Ian Newbury one of six Ironmen players to be named

11 October 2016
  • Ian Newbury in Welsh shirt, Cooke & Arkwright
  • Ian Newbury in Welsh shirt, Cooke & Arkwright
  • Welsh Squad Wales Rugby League World Cup
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The team for Wales’ 2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers this autumn are gearing up for the first qualifying match this Saturday and Cooke & Arkwright Surveyor, Ian Newbury, has been called up to the squad for the first time this autumn. Ian, who is a Surveyor with the Retail & Leisure team, was among the six Ironmen players to be named by John Kear in his 29-man train-on squad in September and was retained when the squad was whittled down to 22 players.

The Dragons face Serbia at Parc Stebonheath on Saturday, October 15 in the opening Rugby League World Cup Qualifier. Ian comments, “I was delighted to be named in the 29, and to then make the 22 man squad was an achievement in itself. I now have the opportunity to push for my debut so I just need to work hard and hopefully earn my chance”

Wales will go on to face Jamaica in a friendly on Friday 20th before a trip to Monza in Italy on Saturday, October 29th to round off the qualifiers.

Ian started playing League with the Cardiff Demons in 2007, going on to play for South Wales Hornets, Valley Cougars and won caps for Wales Dragonhearts as well as playing rugby union with Glamorgan Wanderers, Cross keys, Blackwood and ASD Amatori Palermo in Italy. He joined the Scorpions for the start of the 2014 season.

Ian has the full backing of the team at Cooke & Arkwright… Watch this space!

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