Ireland rounded off the European Championship with a 46-14 win over wooden spoonists Wales, handing Scotland the title.
Ireland coach Mark Aston has appealed for the rugby league game as a whole to get behind the European Championship.
Scotland remain on course for a place in the 2016 Four Nations Series after a 25-4 win over Ireland in Dublin.
It will be master against apprentice when Wales do battle with France in their must-win European Championship clash.
James Toole is set to join his brother Josh in Ireland's team to face Scotland in the European Championship in Dublin.
Scotland made an impressive start to their European Championship campaign with a 42-18 win over an inexperienced Wales.
Brothers Callum and Brett Phillips were the toast of Scotland as the Bravehearts beat Wales on Friday.
Wales and Ireland have been handed an extra incentive ahead of the 2014 European Championship.
Peter Lupton has been entrusted with the Wales captaincy for their 2014 European Championship opener against Scotland.
Prop Garreth Carvell has been named in John Kear's first Wales squad, 14 years after he last played for the country.
Wales are hunting for a new coach after Iestyn Harris announced that he has decided to step down.
Wales Rugby League have agreed to take over the running of South Wales Scorpions after Phil Davies stepped down.
The Cook Islands recorded their first ever Rugby League World Cup win with a 28-24 result against Wales in Neath.
Wales coach Iestyn Harris admitted his team lacked "one dominant person" to lead them around the field in the World Cup.
Wales coach Iestyn Harris hopes to end a disappointing World Cup campaign on a high against the Cook Islands on Sunday.
Wales hooker Neil Budworth to retire from international rugby league after their World Cup clash with the Cook Islands.
Wales' World Cup dream is over after they were beaten 24-16 by USA in front of a shell-shocked crowd in Wrexham.
Wales coach Iestyn Harris put on a brave face after watching his side crash out of the World Cup.
Wales take on the United States in a must-win World Cup group D clash at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground on Sunday.
Italy made an excellent start to their World Cup campaign as they beat co-hosts Wales 32-16 at the Millennium Stadium.