England Knights Head Coach Paul Anderson has named a 20-man squad for the match towards Jamaica at Castleford on Friday (15 October, 7.45pm).
Anderson is putting the emphasis on youth as the broader England set-up appears ahead to the 2025 World Cup as a lot as to the problem of going through a gifted Jamaica aspect on the Mend-a-Hose Jungle. The squad has a mean age of simply 21 and consists of 5 extremely promising youngsters.
Additionally included are 10 former England Academy gamers who’ve graduated to the Knights squad, amongst them St Helens’ Betfred Tremendous League Grand Remaining winner Lewis Dodd and Warrington Wolves’ Ellis Longstaff. Dodd and St Helens teammate Matty Lees will undertake post-Grand Remaining health exams earlier than becoming a member of the squad later subsequent week.
One other former England Academy consultant, Mikey Lewis of Hull KR, is included in a Knights squad for the primary time, as is Wigan Warriors’ former Croydon Hurricanes and London Broncos second-row Kai Pearce-Paul.
And there’s a call-up too for the 17-years previous Leeds Rhinos’ centre Levi Edwards, who caught the attention with an excellent show on this 12 months’s Yorkshire versus Lancashire Academy Origin conflict.
“By the Knights programme we’re investing in the way forward for England Rugby League, and though we’ve had a number of accidents and promotions to the senior arrange it’s created alternatives for others to return in and present what they’ll do. I’m actually enthusiastic about working with this group of gamers and serving to them realise their potential.”
England Knights will spend the week in camp in Leeds getting ready for the Jamaica conflict, which can be a testimonial match for Castleford Tigers’ Jordan Turner who is predicted to line up for the ‘Reggae Warriors’. The Knights’ preparation additionally features a joint area session with Shaun Wane’s senior squad at Leeds Rhinos’ Emerald Headingley stadium.
“The Knights is about creating expertise, getting ready effectively and competing arduous. My job is to arrange gamers for the subsequent step, the senior worldwide workforce, and the connectivity between the 2 squads is very large.
“In camp gamers will likely be uncovered to the crucial variations between what they expertise day-in and day-out with their golf equipment, and what they’ll anticipate as England internationals. For a few of these gamers the prospect to signify the senior aspect might come at this 12 months’s World Cup, for others it could be 2025.”
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England Knights squad
Matty Ashton (Warrington Wolves), Jack Broadbent (Leeds Rhinos), Lewis Dodd (St Helens), Levi Edwards (Leeds Rhinos), Matthew English (Huddersfield Giants), Morgan Gannon (Leeds Rhinos), Sam Halsall (Wigan Warriors), Tom Holroyd (Leeds Rhinos), George Lawler (Hull KR), Matthew Lees (St Helens), Mikey Lewis (Hull KR), Ellis Longstaff (Warrington Wolves), James McDonnell, Liam Marshall, Kai Pearce-Paul (all Wigan Warriors), Will Pryce (Huddersfield Giants), Aaron Smith (St Helens), Danny Walker (Warrington Wolves), Oliver Wilson (Huddersfield Giants), Connor Wrench (Warrington Wolves).