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Butler to Represent Wales at RLWC2017

10th October 2017, 09:16

Butler to Represent Wales at RLWC2017

Chester Butler has been selected in John Kear's final 24 man squad for this year's Rugby League World Cup down under. 

Butler will follow in the footsteps of his grandad, former Fax great Colin Dixon, who himself represented Wales on 16 occasions. 


The young centre, a product of the Siddal amateur club, was delighted to be heading to Australia for rugby league's ultimate competition. 

 "I'm over the moon to make the squad really," said Butler. "It came as a pretty big shock, to be honest, but I'm buzzing. I was pretty gobsmacked as I wasn't expecting it, I had a holiday to Tenerife booked which I've had to cancel but to have been picked to represent Wales like my grandad, yeah I'm over the moon, it's made the whole family very proud."

Group games with Papua New Guinea, Fiji and home nation Ireland lay in store for Butler, and he's now eyeing a starting spot in John Kear's team for their World Cup opener with PNG on Saturday 28th October. 

"I don't want to be there just to make up the numbers, I'm looking to play my part and can't wait to get started."

 

 WALES' 24-MAN SQUAD FOR RLWC2017: 
Courtney Davies, Steve Parry (both Gloucestershire All Golds), Chester Butler (Halifax), Danny Ansell (Hunslet), Sam Hopkins (Leigh Centurions), Michael Channing, Ben Evans, Dalton Grant, Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams (all London Broncos), Matty Barron (Newcastle Thunder), Joe Burke (Oldham), Gavin Bennion (Rochdale Hornets), Craig Kopczak (Salford Red Devils), Matty Fozard (Sheffield Eagles), Andrew Gay, Christiaan Roets (both South Wales Ironmen), Regan Grace, Morgan Knowles, Ben Morris (all St Helens), Rhodri Lloyd (Swinton Lions), Josh Ralph (Tweed Head Seagulls), Phil Joseph (Workington Town), Matty Seamark (Wynnum Manly Seagulls).