North Wales Crusaders have signed Wales international Ben Morris ahead of the 2021 campaign.

Morris made his Wales debut back in 2016, scoring two tries in the victory over Italy as the Dragons qualified for the 2017 World Cup.

After making two appearances at the World Cup, scoring in the clash with Ireland in Perth, he featured in all three 2018 European Championship matches, helping Wales secure qualification for next autumn’s 2021 World Cup in the process.

A product of the academy at Super League club St Helens, the 23-year-old has previously been on the books at both Rochdale Hornets and Swinton Lions.

He’s also had loan spells at the likes of Workington Town, Sheffield Eagles and Keighley Cougars.

On joining Crusaders, Morris said: “I’ve had a couple of chats with Crusaders and they’ve given me a lot of confidence.

“They want me to get back playing regularly and have a shot at making the Wales team for the World Cup next year. That’s the aim for me now.

“I played at the last World Cup and in the European Championship after that. This is a great opportunity to play in a home World Cup.

“I know a lot of the lads at Crusaders already so I can’t wait to get back on the training field when we’re able to.

“I’ve been speaking to Dave Eccleston regularly. He’s been telling me how good it is at the club and trying to get me to join.

“The club are aiming to make those play-off spots. With the squad we’ve got, I don’t see why we shouldn’t be doing it.”

North Wales head coach Anthony Murray added: “We’re delighted to bring Ben on board for next season.

“He’d fallen out of love with the sport a bit but, after speaking to a number of our players, he felt Crusaders were the club to get his career back on track.

“We’re really proud of the track record we have here, helping players progress their careers.

“At a young age, he already has a lot of experience under his belt at international level and that will be extremely valuable for us.

“It’s great to have another Welsh international at the club so we can hopefully help him stake a claim for a place in the squad next year.

“Ben will provide us with plenty of options as he can play in a number of different positions.”


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