Roby In For Italy

ENGLAND coach Steve McNamara has named 20 of his 24-man Rugby League World Cup 2013 squad in the team to face Italy.

Saints’ James Roby has been named on the bench for the match which is the first ever senior international between the nations at Salford City Stadium on Saturday (4.30pm).

“We are delighted to be playing against Italy in the historic international,” said England Coach Steve McNamara. “This is the first time that both nations have played each other at this level and it should be ideal preparation before we take on Australia a week later in the opening game of the Rugby League World Cup 2013 in Cardiff. Italy have made tremendous progress and are well equipped with quality players representing them from the NRL and Super League.

“The make-up of the side looks very exciting, with the right blend of youth and experience. There is a great opportunity for the players to really push on and stake a claim for a start against Australia the following week.

“Our preparation has been first-class we have trained exceptionally well at our camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa. This is the best prepared side to come from England and we are ready for what promises to be the most competitive World Cup in history.”

England Squad:
1. Sam Tomkins; 2. Ryan Hall, 3. Carl Ablett, 4. Leroy Cudjoe, 5. Tom Briscoe; 6. Rangi Chase, 7. Kevin Sinfield; 8. James Graham, 9. Michael McIlorum, 10. Lee Mossop, 11. Gareth Hock, 12. Liam Farrell, 13. Sam Burgess.
Subs: 14. Josh Charnley, 15. Kallum Watkins, 16. Gareth Widdop, 17. Rob Burrow, 18. Chris Hill, 19. James Roby, 20. George Burgess.

In partnership with Salford-based social landlord City West Housing Trust, children aged 16 and under accompanied by an adult can attend England v Italy (4.30pm) and England Knights v Samoa (2.00pm) for free on Saturday October 19 at Salford City Stadium.

Adult tickets cost £15 and £5 for concessions. To take advantage of the kids go free offer and to purchase tickets call 0844 856 1113 or visit for further information.

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