Head Coach Shaun Wane has named a 40-player extended England Men’s squad to prepare for international Rugby League in 2023.
The eight Saints who have been included in the squad are: Lewis Dodd, Morgan Knowles, Matty Lees, Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Mark Percival, Alex Walmsley, and Jack Welsby.
Drawn from eight Betfred Super League clubs, the squad includes a total of 20 players who are previously uncapped for England, although 13 of those have featured for England Knights in the last four years as focus turns to youth with the next Rugby League World Cup – being hosted in France in 2025 – on the horizon.
England boss Shaun Wane commenting on his squad announcement said: “I’ve selected a very young extended squad this time around and that is very much with the 2025 World Cup in France in mind. There are still several experienced players within the squad who featured in last year’s World Cup, and others who could come back in. I am hoping the more experienced cohort help those younger players adapt and thrive in an international camp which will be very demanding.
“As always, the squad will be fluid, and players will be added if they are performing well and vice versa should performances dip. I think the squad really shows the depth of talent across the Betfred Super League, which plenty of people saw in person and on TV across the Easter Weekend.
“The mid-season international against France is the first step on the road to the next Rugby League World Cup and we are hoping to begin the journey in front of a packed house at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium.”
ENGLAND DOUBLE HEADER
England’s Men and Women return to international action on Saturday 29 April for the first time since last year’s Rugby League World Cup – a double-header with France at Warrington which is the launchpad for a game-wide fundraising effort in aid of the MND Association.
Tickets for the Men’s and Women’s international double-header at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium are available to buy online now from only £20 Adults and £10 Under 16s. For every ticket sold, £2.50 will be donated to the MND Association.
England Men’s Rugby League Squad
Jordan Abdull (Hull KR)
Andy Ackers (Salford Red Devils)
Matty Ashton (Warrington Wolves)
Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves)
Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves)
Tom Davies (Catalans Dragons)
Tyler Dupree (Salford Red Devils)
Lewis Dodd (St Helens)
Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors)
Morgan Gannon (Leeds Rhinos)
Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos)
James Harrison (Warrington Wolves)
Ethan Havard (Wigan Warriors)
Chris Hill (Huddersfield Giants)
Tom Holroyd (Leeds Rhinos)
Tom Johnstone (Catalans Dragons)
Toby King (Wigan Warriors)
Morgan Knowles (St Helens)
Matty Lees (St Helens)
Mikey Lewis (Hull KR)
Jez Litten (Hull KR)
Jonny Lomax (St Helens)
Tommy Makinson (St Helens)
Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors)
Mike McMeeken (Catalans Dragons)
Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos)
Matty Nicholson (Warrington Wolves)
Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos)
Kai Pearce-Paul (Wigan Warriors)
Mark Percival (St Helens)
Will Pryce (Huddersfield Giants)
Harry Smith (Wigan Warriors)
Morgan Smithies (Wigan Warriors)
Josh Thewlis (Warrington Wolves)
Danny Walker (Warrington Wolves)
Alex Walmsley (St Helens)
Jake Wardle (Wigan Warriors)
Jack Welsby (St Helens)
George Williams (Warrington Wolves)
Oliver Wilson (Huddersfield Giants)