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Wales hope for Harris or
Wales are hoping that either Iestyn Harris or Keiron Cunningham will be in the squad against Scotland in Bridgend in their opening Rugby League European Nations Cup game on Sunday 16 October. The principality's two star players will clash on Friday when Harris' Bradford Bulls meet Cunningham's St Helens at Knowsley Road for a place in the engage Super League Grand Final on Saturday 15 October. The winner will not be able to play for Wales due to the Grand Final date but one of the players will have a free weekend on October 15-16 making an appearance in a Welsh shirt a possibility. "It would be a tremendous boost for Wales if Harris or Cunningham were able to appear," said Wales Rugby League Chairman, Mark Rowley. "Both are due to go straight into the Great Britain training camp for the Tri-Nations when their Super League season finishes so it all hinges on whether they are able to be released to play just the one game for us. We will be making every effort to ensure this happens." Cunningham, who has played 13 times for Wales, last appeared in 2001 in the 33-42 defeat against England in Wrexham. However Harris has not been capped for even longer. Injured in 2001, his 17th and last match in a Wales Rugby League shirt was in the 2000 World Cup semi-final against Australia. Despite this, with 145 points scored for his country, he still holds the all-time Welsh record, 16 points ahead of Jim Sullivan and 46 ahead of Jonathan Davies. Welsh fans will also be familiar with Harris in a different role as the stand-off played 25 times in three years for the Wales Rugby Union side from 2001-2004, making his union international debut after only two games at club level for Cardiff Blues. All Welsh fans will be waiting with baited breath to see if he or Cunningham are able to pull on a Wales shirt again this autumn.