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Rugby league: Iestyn Harris spreads Wales Four Nations training across the country

WALES coach Iestyn Harris has gathered his men to prepare for the Gillette Four Nations tournament.

The former Crusaders coach said he is pleased with the squad’s performance as they split into two camps to prepare to face England, Australia and New Zealand.

Players who have been at Crusaders or based in the North have been training in Wrexham with Barry Eaton while Harris takes charge of the southern group in Treforest.

And while training has only just started, Harris promises a tough time for those who will carry the hopes of the nation into the Four Nations championship.

“We’re building up, we’ve only got small numbers at this stage,” he said. “There’s only so much you can do with small numbers but we did some structural stuff and work with some of the guys physically, so it was a productive first week.

“Last week was a general introduction to the things that we are going to do over the next five or six weeks.

“It’s early days but good to get out on the field with the guys.

“Barry Eaton, who’s going to be on the coaching staff with us, took the North Wales group.

“They were pretty low on numbers, there’s about seven more to come in next week. It’s a physical process for them rather than a skills outset.

“There should be good work going on in both ends of the country before we finally get together.”