Penrith Panthers duo Caleb Aekins and Daniel Brown have been named by Wales coach John Kear in a provisional 38-man train-on squad ahead of Rugby League World Cup.

Aekins and Brown have played leading roles in the success of the Panthers NYC side in 2017.

19-year-old fullback Aekins leads the team for running metres while winger Brown has enjoyed a stellar season out wide, scoring 16 tries in 15 appearances.

The Wales squad was announced on Friday at their World Cup kit launch, which marked 100 days until their opening group match against Papua New Guinea.

In total, the squad features 12 players from Super League clubs, nine players from Championship clubs, 13 players from League 1 clubs and four players from NRL and Australian clubs, including Ollie Olds of West Brisbane Panthers.

"Everybody is pretty excited about the World Cup," Kear said

"Ben Flower, Ollie Olds and Rhys Evans are all currently injured, but we’re giving them every opportunity to recover, go through their rehab and put their hands up for selection.

"As this is a train-on squad, it doesn’t exclude other players from joining the squad at a later date.

"From speaking to the players, I know that they were disappointed with the 2013 World Cup and they see this tournament as a way of rectifying that. At this World Cup, they can set the standard.

"As a group, they really enjoy each other’s company and they will be confident.

"It will be a trip to savour for the players, the support staff and everybody involved.

"With going to places like Papua New Guinea, Townsville and Perth, it’s going to be a real adventure. It will be one that we can enjoy, but we will also have to work hard."

Wales will open their World Cup campaign when they face Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on Saturday, October 28.

They will then travel to Townsville in northern Australia to take on Fiji on Sunday, November 7.

Wales' final group match is against Ireland at Perth Rectangular Stadium on Sunday, November 12.

BACKS

Name

Club

Number of Caps

Caleb Aekins

Penrith Panthers

0

Danny Ansell

Hunslet

1

Daniel Brown

Penrith Panthers

1

Michael Channing

London Broncos

6

Courtney Davies

Gloucestershire All Golds  

6

Rhys Evans 

Warrington Wolves

3

Andrew Gay 

South Wales Ironmen

6

Regan Grace

St Helens

3

Dalton Grant

London Broncos

5

Elliot Jenkins

St Helens     

0

Elliot Kear

London Broncos

21

Rhodri Lloyd

Swinton Lions

12

Ben Morris

St Helens     

2

Ollie Olds

West Brisbane Panthers

8

Josh Ralph   

Newcastle Knights

0

Christiaan Roets

South Wales Ironmen

23

Calvin Wellington

St Helens

0

Rhys Williams

London Broncos

24

Zak Williams

Coventry Bears

0


FORWARDS

Name

Club

Number of Caps

Matty Barron

Newcastle Thunder

9

Joe Burke

Oldham

11

Gil Dudson

Widnes Vikings

20

Jake Emmitt

Toronto Wolfpack

6

Ben Evans

London Broncos

4

Morgan Evans         

South Wales Ironmen

6

Connor Farrer

South Wales Ironmen

6

Dan Fleming

Toronto Wolfpack   

6

Ben Flower

Wigan Warriors

17

Matty Fozard

Sheffield Eagles

5

Sam Hopkins

Leigh Centurions

1

Phil Joseph

Workington Town

12

Morgan Knowles     

St Helens

1

Craig Kopczak

Salford Red Devils

19

Steve Parry

Gloucestershire All Golds

9

Larne Patrick

Castleford Tigers     

3

Lewis Reece

Gloucestershire All Golds

7

Ant Walker

Rochdale Hornets

8

Lloyd White

Widnes Vikings

15

This article first appeared on RLWC2017.com.