Seven Saints in England

JON Wilkin, Jonny Lomax and James Roby have been named in England’s 32-man Elite Training Squad.

They join Paul Clough, Gary Wheeler, Mark Flanagan and Lee Gaskell who are included in the England Knights set up.

The ETS squad includes 19 players who were involved in the 2011 Gillette Four Nations and eight players who are uncapped by England, including Catalan Dragons’ Torquay-born hooker Ian Henderson who has been in outstanding form this season in the Stobart Super League.

There is also a return to the England squad for Wigan Warriors forward Gareth Hock, who last played on the international stage in June 2009 when England defeated France 66-12 in Paris.

The ETS players will meet up at their Loughborough base next week alongside the England Knights squad and there will be a further four camps throughout this year including a 10-day high altitude camp in the autumn.

“Over the past 12 months we have made excellent progress throughout our international programme,” said McNamara. “We now have a long term plan with our programme of activity in place for the next two years. This approach, as we continue to build up to the Rugby League World Cup, gives me and the players’ clarity and a clear structure.

“We have two very exciting squads that can build on last year’s efforts on reaching the Gillette Four Nations final. In addition I am monitoring on a weekly basis our eight Australian based players, who will play a pivotal role in our plans. Our aim now is to retain the current crop of players and realise our ambition of winning the Rugby League World Cup in 2013.”

The average age of the ETS is just 26.8 while the average of the Knights is 22.6.

England will start their 2012 campaign with two matches against the Exiles in the summer and an international triangular series in the autumn against European counterparts France and Wales.

The first origin game will take place on Saturday June 16 with the second on Wednesday July 4.

England, Wales and France will play an International Triangular Series in October and November.

England Knights will play Ireland in June and will join Ireland, Italy and Scotland in the Alitalia Cup in the autumn.

2012 England Elite Training Squad:

Carl Ablett: Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Parkside
Ryan Bailey: Leeds Rhinos, Milford
Chris Bridge: Warrington Wolves, Waterhead
Tom Briscoe: Hull FC, Featherstone Lions
Danny Brough: Huddersfield Giants, Eastmoor Dragons
Rob Burrow :Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions
Garreth Carvell: Warrington Wolves, Stanningley
Josh Charnley: Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks
Rangi Chase: Castleford Tigers, Dannevirke Tigers
Eorl Crabtree: Huddersfield Giants, Huddersfield YMCA
Leroy Cudjoe: Huddersfield Giants, Newsome Panthers
Ryan Hall: Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders
Zak Hardaker: Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions
Ian Henderson: Catalan Dragons, Terrigal
Gareth Hock: Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Judes
Ben Jones-Bishop: Leeds Rhinos, Queens
Jamie Jones-Buchanan: Leeds Rhinos, Stanningley
Jonny Lomax: St Helens, Orrell St James
Danny McGuire: Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds
Michael McIlorum: Wigan Warriors, Queens
Adrian Morley: Warrington Wolves, Eccles
Lee Mossop: Wigan Warriors, Hensingham
Sean O’Loughlin: Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks
Jamie Peacock: (captain) Leeds Rhinos, Stanningley
James Roby: St Helens, Blackbrook
Kevin Sinfield: Leeds Rhinos, Waterhead
Sam Tomkins: Wigan Warriors. Wigan St Patricks
Kallum Watkins: Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion
Kris Welham: Hull KR, Myton Warriors
Ben Westwood: Warrington Wolves, Normanton
Jon Wilkin: St Helens, East Hull
Kirk Yeaman: Hull FC, Myton Warriors

2012 England Knights Squad:

Joe Arundel: Castleford Tigers, Castleford Panthers
Jodie Broughton: Salford City Reds, Queens
Chris Clarkson: Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds
Paul Clough: St Helens, Blackbrook
Mike Cooper: Warrington Wolves, Latchford Albion
Rhys Evans: Warrington Wolves, Burtonwood Bulldogs
Liam Farrell: Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats
Dale Ferguson: Huddersfield Giants, Featherstone Lions
Mark Flanagan: St Helens, Saddleworth Rangers
Lee Gaskell: St Helens, Blackbrook
Josh Hodgson: Hull KR, Hull Dockers
Danny Houghton: Hull FC, East Hull
Shaun Lunt: Huddersfield Giants, Ellenborough Rangers
Jermaine McGillvary: Huddersfield Giants, Deighton Juniors
Richie Myler: Warrington Wolves, Halton West Bank
Larne Patrick: Huddersfield Giants, Townville Tigers
Stefan Ratchford: Warrington Wolves, Wigan St Patricks
Chris Riley: Warrington Wolves, Woolston Rovers
Matty Smith: Salford City Reds, Blackbrook
Scott Taylor: Hull KR, Skirlaugh
Liam Watts: Hull KR, Featherstone Lions
Joe Wardle: Huddersfield Giants, Ovenden
Gary Wheeler: St Helens, Blackbrook Royals
Elliot Whitehead: Bradford Bulls, West Bowling

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