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Wales upsets France 12-11

Wayne Gardiner 24/10/2010 07:53:31 AM Comments (0)

Wales qualified for the 2011 Four Nations rugby league tournament by beating France 12-11 on Saturday to win the European Cup.

Lloyd White's 76th-minute penalty goal proved the difference at the Stade Municipal in Albi.

That earned Wales a place alongside Australia, England and New Zealand in next year's Four Nations tournament, and will get two home fixtures.

Executive chairman Mark Rowley believes it is the boost the sport needs.

"This is massive for Wales Rugby League," he said.

"Some people have compared it to winning the Six Nations in rugby union but I think it's bigger.

"The win shows how far we've come in such a short time. It's our biggest achievement ever."

Iestyn Harris, whose impressive spell in charge of the side looks set to earn him the head job with the Crusaders in the coming days, was pleased with the result, but was already looking ahead to next year.

"I'm very, very pleased," he said.

"To beat an extremely good French team full of Super League standard players on their own soil is an achievement in itself.

"Now for Wales Rugby League - which has gone through some dark times over the past four or five years - to be in an elite world competition next year with the three best nations is a testament to everyone involved.

"It's up to the powers that be now to decide whether we get a mid-season Test against one of the big three and there's the prospect of the Four Nations after that."

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