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Warrior Bateman to guide England in France on Saturday

England Head Coach Shaun Wane has named his facet to tackle France at Perpignan’s Stade Gilbert Brutus on Saturday (23 October, 2.30pm).

Wigan Warriors’ second-row John Bateman, whose 16 England caps make him essentially the most skilled worldwide in Wane’s 17, will captain a facet containing eight gamers who will obtain their first England worldwide cap*.

Set to obtain their first cap are: Jordan Abdull (Hull KR); Tom Davies (Catalans Dragons); Niall Evalds (Castleford Tigers); Morgan Knowles (St Helens); Kruise Leeming (Leeds Rhinos); Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers); Mikolaj Oledzki (each Leeds Rhinos); and Joe Philbin (Warrington Wolves).

England supporters, although, can take encouragement from trying past these statistics.

Davies, Knowles, McShane and Oledzki all loved their first England expertise earlier this 12 months within the mid-season match in opposition to the Mixed Nations All-Stars, whereas Philbin performed in two check matches on Nice Britain’s Southern Hemisphere tour in 2019. Half-back Abdul was shortlisted for the 2021 Tremendous League Man of Metal award received by the injured Sam Tomkins, Evalds was awarded the Lance Todd Trophy (man-of-the-match) for his excellent efficiency at full-back throughout Castleford Tigers’ Problem Cup Ultimate defeat by St Helens in July and hooker Kruise Leeming is one in all six of Wane’s 17 who have been named on this 12 months’s Tremendous League Dream Group.

England Head Coach, Shaun Wane, says:
“There’s a really optimistic temper within the camp, an excellent camaraderie. The lads have educated effectively and we’re able to go.

“We have now some excellent leaders within the staff, together with John Bateman who’ll be captain. I’ve recognized John since he was a child, I belief him, I do know what he’s able to and he’s robust below stress. And we have now different robust leaders too, like Jonny Lomax within the halves and Mike Cooper within the entrance row.

“That is additionally an opportunity for the gamers to place a marker down for the world cup. A few of them haven’t featured in an England arrange earlier than and I’m actually excited for them. Representing your nation is a dream and I’m trying ahead to seeing what they’ll do in an England shirt.”

England staff

Niall Evalds (Castleford Tigers), Tom Davies (Catalans Dragons), Reece Lyne (Wakefield Trinity), Zak Hardaker (Wigan Warriors), Tommy Makinson (St Helens), Jonny Lomax (St Helens), Jordan Abdull (Hull KR), Alex Walmsley (St Helens), Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers), Mike Cooper (Warrington Wolves), John Bateman (Wigan Warriors, Capt.), Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors), Morgan Knowles (St Helens).

Interchanges: Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves); Kruise Leeming (Leeds Rhinos); Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos); Joe Philbin (Warrington Wolves)

France versus England might be proven stay on BBC TV on Saturday 23 October – a part of a world double-header additionally that includes the England Girls’s staff in opposition to their French counterparts. The Girls’s match might be proven stay on BBC2 with a noon kick-off UK-time – the primary England Girls’s worldwide to be broadcast on terrestrial TV – adopted by stay protection of the Males’s worldwide on BBC1 at 2.30pm.

England final performed France in October 2018, claiming a snug 44-6 victory at Leigh Sports activities Village.

* Worldwide caps weren’t awarded for England’s 2021 mid-season match in opposition to the Mixed Nations All-Stars

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