Danny Richardson and Matty Lees have been named in the England Knights squad who will head for Papua New Guinea via Brisbane later this month to play two international fixtures against the Kumuls.
They’ve been rewarded for outstanding seasons by head coach Paul Anderson, the former England and Great Britain prop, assisted by his former St Helens and international team-mate Paul Sculthorpe MBE.
Richardson was named in the 2018 Dream Team whilst Lees is nominated for the Young Player of the Year in the Betfred Super League.
The Knights leave on October 18 for a week’s preparation at the state-of-the-art Brisbane Broncos training base.
They then fly to Lae for the first match against the Kumuls on Saturday October 27, before moving to the capital Port Moresby where the teams meet again at the 15,000-capacity Oil Search National Football Stadium on November 3.
England Knights Squad:
Oliver Holmes (Castleford Tigers, Normanton Knights)
Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers, Wetherby Bulldogs)
Kruise Leeming (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal)
Chris Atkin (Hull KR, Widnes St Maries)
Robbie Mulhern (Hull KR. Normanton Knights)
Jamie Shaul (Hull FC, Skirlaugh)
Dean Hadley (Hull FC, Skirlaugh)
Brad Fash (Hull FC, West Hull)
Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)
Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)
Jack Walker (Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds)
Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)
Danny Richardson (St Helens, Halton Hornets)
Matty Lees (St Helens, Rochdale Mayfield)
James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity, Crigglestone All Blacks)
Sam Powell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)
Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors, Chorley Panthers)
Tom Davies (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)
Harvey Livett (Warrington Wolves, Rylands Sharks)
Jack Hughes (Warrington Wolves, Golborne Parkside)
Joe Philbin (Warrington Wolves, Culcheth Eagles)
Toby King (Warrington Wolves, Meltham All Backs)
Matt Whitley (Widnes Vikings, Bold Miners)
Danny Walker (Widnes Vikings, Rylands Sharks)