Eight Saints youngsters have been named in the Lancashire Academy squad for the upcoming origin series against Yorkshire.
Stand-off Jack Welsby, who starred in England Academy’s 2-0 series win against the Australian Schoolboys last winter and played for our first team in the win over Hull KR and the defeat over in Catalan, is included.
Our young hooker Jake Wingfield, props Jamie Pye and Kye Siyani and centre Josh Simm are also named in the squad along with forward Lewis Baxter, half-back Lewis Dodd and centre Matthew Foster.
The three-match Origin series begins at Castleford on Easter Saturday April 20th.
There is an additional emphasis on the Origin series in 2019, with no Academy internationals against southern hemisphere opposition this year – although many players in these squads will aiming to stake a claim for the tour of Australia in 2020.
The second match of the series will be played at Blackpool FC’s Bloomfield Road stadium on Saturday May 18 as part of the Betfred Championship Summer Bash weekend, with the series concluding at Odsal on June 15.
Saints’ first team assistant Ian Talbot is the head coach of the Lancashire team, whilst Luke Robinson is Yorkshire’s coach.