Academy Saints in team to take on France

Five of our Saints will be involved in the Academy international fixture against France!

It is a big day for Saints Academy player George Whitby who will lead out the England team as captain and starts at scrum-half, along with fellow teammates Harry Robertson at fullback, Owen Dagnall on the wing, and Jake Davies at back-row, while Billy Keeley is named as 18th man.

Paul Anderson, Head of England Pathways, speaking ahead of the fixture said: “I’m really excited about what this group can achieve. In the last few days, we have exposed the players to what an England environment looks and feels like, with the challenge and intensity of short-term representative preparation that they might one day experience at senior international level. Now it’s almost time for us to take high quality practice out onto the field.”


England Academy versus France takes place at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, on Tuesday 2 July, 7.30pm. Admission is £5 (£2 concessions).

The match will also be streamed live on the RFL’s YouTube channel from 7.15pm.

England Academy team (including players’ professional and community clubs)

  1. Harry Robertson (St Helens/Halton Hornets)
  2. Marcus Qareqare (Leeds Rhinos/Lock Lane)
  3. Arron Lindop (Warrington Wolves/Latchford Giants)
  4. Ryan Westerman (Hull FC/Beverley Braves)
  5. Owen Dagnall (St Helens/Halton Hornets, Capt.)
  6. George Whitby (St Helens/Blackbrook)
  7. Jack Charles (Hull FC/Beverley Braves)
  8. Tom McKinney (Warrington Wolves/Hensingham)
  9. William Hutchinson (Hull FC/Skirlaugh)
  10. Kian McDermott (Wigan Warriors/Wigan St Patrick’s)
  11. Jake Davies (St Helens/Halton Hornets)
  12. Lukas Mason (Wigan Warriors/Siddal)
  13. Taylor Kerr (Wigan Warriors/Wigan St Jude’s)
  14. Cai Taylor-Wray (Warrington Wolves/East Leeds)
  15. Archie Sykes (Huddersfield Giants/Greetland Allrounders)
  16. Presley Cassell (Leeds Rhinos/West Bowling)
  17. Joe Phillips (Leeds Rhinos/Siddal)

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