Frizell added to Wales squad
Wales are up to their full complement for the World Cup after St George Illawarra forward Tyson Frizell joined up with their squad.
Coach Iestyn Harris left a spot open in his 24-strong squad in case the second rower managed to overcome injury and was delighted to belatedly welcome him aboard ahead of Saturday's opening game against buoyant Italy.
"Tyson arrived last night and he's been declared fit and healthy," Harris said the tournament launch at Old Trafford.
"He'll train with the team tomorrow.
"Whether he's in a position to be vying for a starting position in the first game, we'll have to see. But Tyson is very committed to Wales and has been for a while. He's excited about this World Cup.
"He hasn't done any competitive training for the last three or four weeks so we'll have to see how he is."
The availability of Frizell, who made his Wales debut in the 2011 Four Nations Series, is a significant boost to Wales' hopes of emerging from Group D.
With Huddersfield prop Larne Patrick set to make his international debut alongside his club-mate Craig Kopczak, the Wales captain, and Wigan regulars Gil Dudson and Ben Flower, Harris is confident his forwards will be competitive against group opponents United States and Cook Islands.
"We've certainly got a pack that is capable of laying a good platform for us and that will be the emphasis for us," he said.
"We had eight days of a pre-tournament camp which was crucial to us so this week we've hit the ground running and everybody is excited and optimistic about the opportunity in front of them.
"The crucial thing for us is to get out of the group. We've got three difficult opponents. When you get through your group, then it's knockout football and that's where you want to be. When you are there, anything can happen.
"The challenge for us is to try and get our performances up to a very high standard over the first three games.
"The most difficult game is your first game and we're coming up against a team that has just beaten England so we're playing a side that has got good talent and a lot of confidence. That's a dangerous combination."
Harris was among the crowd at Salford on Saturday to witness qualifiers Italy pull off a shock 15-14 win over England.
"I'd say the result was a surprise - I expected England to be very strong and to dominate as the game progressed - but the performance wasn't a shock when you look at the quality and experience in that group," he said.
"We expected a lot from the Italians. I thought they were very dogged and competed extremely well.
"Our first two games are against two teams that have just beaten England and France so there's a big challenge in front of us."