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England Knights ready for French challenge 

Saints Jon Bennison is named in the 20-player England Knights squad ahead of Saturday’s international against France B in Bordeaux.

Jack Broadbent, Tyler Dupree, Harvie Hill and Jake Wardle are added to the 21 named last week, while John Bateman, Sam Halsall, Kai Pearce-Paul, Oli Partington and Morgan Smithies all miss out through injury or suspension.

Dupree becomes the second Salford Red Devils player, alongside Deon Cross, to earn international recognition at the end of a successful season for the Red Devils in which they reached the Betfred Super League Play-off Semi-finals.

Wardle, who spent much of 2022 on loan at Warrington Wolves from Huddersfield Giants, made a try-scoring debut for England’s senior side against the Combined Nations All Stars in June.

Broadbent, on loan at Featherstone Rovers from Leeds Rhinos in 2022, marked his England Knights debut in 2021 with two tries in a 56-4 win for Paul Anderson’s side against Jamaica.

And following a promising season at Wigan Warriors, Hill was recently named in the Cumbria squad to take on Jamaica in a World Cup warm-up match next month.

England Knights squad to travel to France 

Jon Bennison (St Helens), Jack Broadbent (Featherstone Rovers), Deon Cross, Tyler Dupree (both Salford Red Devils), Matt English (Huddersfield Giants), Ethan Havard, Harvie Hill (both Wigan Warriors), Jordan Lane (Hull FC), Mikey Lewis, Jez Litten (both Hull KR), Ellis Longstaff, Matt Nicholson (both Warrington Wolves), Will Pryce, Olly Russell (both Huddersfield Giants), Josh Thewlis (Warrington Wolves), Liam Tindall (Leeds Rhinos), Owen Trout (Huddersfield Giants), Danny Walker (Warrington Wolves), Jake Wardle (Huddersfield Giants), Matt Whitley (Catalans Dragons).

England Knights will also play Scotland in Edinburgh on Saturday 8 October.

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