Trio Retain Exiles Spot

FRANCIS Meli, Sia Soliola and Lance Hohaia have been named in the Exiles squad for next week’s second game against England in the International Origin Series 2012.

“It is conceivable that with the short turnaround from the games this weekend some players won’t be available,” Coach Daniel Anderson said. “We’ve attempted to satisfy some of the requests from clubs in a difficult period. There are no more than three players from any club, which accounts for many of the changes from game one.

“Also, many of the more mature members of the squad have found it challenging on their bodies to get ready when faced with three games in seven days.”

Talking about the specific challenge of the second game, Anderson added “I hope we get better weather, I hope the crowd can get to watch a style of footie that better reflects Super League.

“We’ll pick a strong team but we only have three days to prepare so the game has its challenges. England have rested players, they’ll have four or five changes and we’ll have at least that, so it’s a different game this time.

“But I think the game will be exciting. England are one up so they may have more freedom to attack. Equally we have to win, so we’ll be going for it.”

The Exiles play England at the Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield on Wednesday July 4.

Exiles 25-man squad:
Anthony Gelling, Antonio Kaufusi, Ben Galea, Brett Hodgson, Daniel Holdsworth, Daryl Millard, David Fa’alogo, David Faiumu, Epalahame Lauaki, Francis Meli, Heath L’Estrange, Jake Webster, Jason Chan, Joel Monaghan, Joel Moon, Kylie Leuluai, Lance Hohaia, Michael Dobson, Michael Robertson, Scott Dureau, Sia Soliola, Steve Menzies, Trent Waterhouse, Vince Mellars, Willie Manu.

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