Rugby League - Roets set for home appearance

Christiaan Roet s is set to win his 14th cap on his home ground in Wales' must-win World Cup group D clash with the United States in Wrexham on Sunday.

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Rugby League - Roets set for home appearance

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Wales coach Iestyn Harris - preparations going well

The 33-year-old North Wales Crusaders centre replaces Wigan's Rhodri Lloyd in the only change to the side that lost 32-16 to Italy in Cardiff, although Ross Divorty and Anthony Walker are hoping to force their way in after being omitted from coach Iestyn Harris' 19-man squad last weekend.

"We've had a good week and preparations have been going well," said Harris. "We've a couple of things we need to work on but the boys are really gelling after a couple of weeks together.

"We were a little bit of the pace against Italy. Rugby league is a game of small margins and we weren't quite where we wanted to be. I'm ex pecting the players to be a lot more up to speed this week because they've trained exceptionally well.

"By Sunday I expect those areas to have been ironed out and that we will be a lot more fluent in our attacking structure. I also want us to be a bit more aggressive with our line speed as well.

"There was a lot of effort against Italy but I thought at times we sent that energy in the wrong direction. We've spoken about that as a group yesterday and everyone in the squad now knows how to channel that energy and passion in the proper direction.

"We want a more consistent performance against the USA on Sunday - if we do that then we're a match for anybody."

Terry Matterson's USA team are on a high following a shock pre-tournament win over France in Toulouse and a 32-20 victory over Cook Islands on their World Cup debut in Bristol on Wednesday.

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