Thomas Wales bow delayed
Gareth Thomas will now make his Wales rugby league debut on Wednesday following the postponement of today’s clash with Italy.
The 36-year-old, who won 100 Wales caps in rugby union, was due to make his international bow in the 13-man code in Wrexham this afternoon.
Thomas had passed a fitness test after missing the end of the Engage Super League campaign with Crusaders RL due to a groin injury, but heavy rain left the Racecourse Ground pitch waterlogged.
The match, which will provide Wales with a useful run-out ahead of their Alitalia European Cup campaign, has now been rearranged for Wednesday.
The under-23 fixture between the countries due to take place on the same night in Colwyn Bay has now been cancelled.
Wales coach Iestyn Harris said: “I’m pleased to confirm that Gareth Thomas will definitely play on Wednesday.
“He had a fitness test on Friday after a few months out and he came through with flying colours.
“Ben Flower, who has been out for a similar length of time, will also start, as will their fellow Crusaders team-mates Gil Dudson and Lloyd White.”
Thomas switched codes to join Crusaders this year.
While he is poised to win a first cap, veteran Ian Watson is set for a record 27th.
The 33-year-old former Leigh, Widnes and Salford City Reds half-back, now at Swinton Lions, made his debut against the USA in Philadelphia in 1995.
Watson currently shares the appearances record with the legendary Jim Sullivan, who won his last cap in 1939.