Harris - Wales making strides
Iestyn Harris has promised Wales will give it their "best dig" in this year's Four Nations, starting with England on Saturday.
Last Updated: 24/10/11 9:31pm
Iestyn Harris has promised Wales will give it their "best dig" in the Four Nations after finding themselves at the top table quicker than they expected.
The Welsh team qualified for a first appearance in the tournament after gaining a shock win over France in last year's European Cup.
Now they will get the chance to test themselves against the might of Australia, England and New Zealand over the coming weeks, though head coach Harris is refusing to say what goals he has set his squad for the games.
However Wigan's new assistant boss is hoping the exposure at the very highest level will help continue the development of the sport in Wales, despite the fact that the country no longer has a team in Super League.
"We're not going to shout from the rooftops about what our goals are," he said.
"It's a very strong competition. We're against the three best teams in world rugby league. We've got some aims for what we want to achieve in this tournament but we'll keep them to ourselves.
"Some great strides have been made in Wales over the last six or seven years. There are lots and lots of young men playing rugby league.
"We've around 150 in the system, coming through, so we will have a lot to choose from over the next three or five years.
"We're probably ahead of schedule being in this tournament but it's something everybody is excited about and we'll give it our best dig."
Wales open their campaign against England at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday.
Harris is set to welcome back skipper Lee Briers after he sat out their 30-6 win over Ireland in Neath at the weekend.
"Obviously Lee's had a tough season and his body has been a little bit tired," explained the former Crusaders head coach.
"I thought it was important for him to have some down time before he came in with the squad. He only had four days training with the full squad and he needed bit of physical work before he had a game."
Briers knows he and his team-mate will be up against it but is promising the outsiders will not be a walkover for any of their opponents.
"We are nowhere near the standard of Australia, New Zealand and England, we know that," the Warrington half-back told Sky Sports News HD.
"There are some young boys in our squad who have not been playing the game that long. But we are here to shock a few, we are here to compete.
"There is no way we are just going to lie down."