Jack Welsby will remain captain for England's second match in the historic three-game Test Series against Tonga, with the second match set to take place at Huddersfield's John Smiths Stadium at 2:30pm this Saturday, 28th October.
Saints’ full-back Welsby led out the Three Lions for the first time in his career, becoming the youngest ever England captain in the process. ‘Super Jack’ also provided the game-breaking play, an incredible hit-out pass to winger Tom Johnstone for a try.
Shaun Wane has named his squad for Saturday’s match with Welsby named and staying as captain with George Williams missing this upcoming match due to serving his two-match suspension. The Red V’s new signing Daryl Clark started at hooker for England, he remains in the squad, as does prop forward Matty Lees who notched up a match-high 39 tackles in last Sunday’s Test in just 41 minutes played – he also did not miss a single tackle either.
Tommy Makinson and Morgan Knowles ruled out due to wrist and thumb injuries respectively, picked up in the 22-18 victory over Mate Ma’a Tonga. Knowles has unfortunately been ruled out for the remainder of the series, and the Club wishes him a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him report in for pre-season.
Im gutted the test series is over for me, and I can’t play any further part in it…
Time now to rest, recover and look forward to supporting the boys in the last 2 games 🏴 pic.twitter.com/73OhhAWC4p
— Morgan Knowles (@MorgsKnowles) October 25, 2023
Warrington’s Matty Ashton and Ben Currie replace Makinson and Knowles in Wane’s squad which you can see in full below.
ENGLAND 19-PLAYER SQUAD
Matty Ashton (Warrington Wolves), John Bateman (Wests Tigers), Tom Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Daryl Clark (St Helens), Ben Currie (both Warrington Wolves), Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors), Chris Hill (Huddersfield Giants), Tom Johnstone (Catalans Dragons), Toby King (Wigan Warriors), Matty Lees (St Helens), Mikey Lewis (Hull KR), Mike McMeeken (Catalans Dragons), Robbie Mulhern (Leigh Leopards), Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos), Victor Radley (Sydney Roosters), Harry Smith (Wigan Warriors), Danny Walker (Warrington Wolves), Jack Welsby (St Helens), Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders)
Tickets for the Saturday’s match at Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium, and for game three of the series at Headingley Stadium, Leeds, are on sale now at eticketing.co.uk/rugbyleague from only £25 Adults and £12.50 Under 16s. The latter is a double-header featuring England Women versus Wales.