England Head Coach Shaun Wane has named a 35-strong squad ahead of next Tuesday’s training session at Leeds Beckett University.
The session will be Wane’s first physical session with his players since his appointment more than 12 months ago, as preparation builds towards June’s mid-season international against the Combined Nations All Stars.
Seven NRL-based players are included in the squad and, although they will not be at the Leeds Beckett session, they will have regular contact with the England coaching team.
One player who will be there is Salford Red Devils’ Kallum Watkins, who earned the last of his 25 international caps in the 2017 World Cup Final against Australia when he famously came within a Josh Dugan ankle tap of taking the game down to the wire.
At 35 years of age another veteran of the 2017 World Cup Final, St Helens skipper James Roby, is the most experienced player in the squad and is one of six Saints players included.
Warrington Wolves also have six representatives, while Wigan Warriors have five.
The youngest player in the squad is 21 years old Harry Newman. The Leeds Rhinos centre is currently fighting his way back to fitness following a broken leg in 2020, but Shaun Wane insists that at this stage injury is no barrier to being involved with the squad.
England Head Coach, Shaun Wane, says: “I rate Harry Newman very highly; he’s a good chance of playing in the World Cup. We’ve got real strength in depth at centre – and at hooker and wing too.
“Names will come and go as the season unfolds, but the 35 players I’ve named reflect my current thinking. They are all capable of playing to an England standard. They know what’s expected at international level and the heights they must hit.
“We have a good mix of youth and experience, and age is no barrier. The thirty-somethings in the squad are playing some good rugby. And if a 17-year-old puts his hand up and shows me he’s got what it takes, he’ll be in.
35-Man England Training squad: John Bateman, Tom Burgess, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Niall Evalds, Herbie Farnworth, Liam Farrell, Luke Gale, Oliver Gildart, Josh Griffin, Ash Handley, Zak Hardaker, Josh Hodgson, Tom Johnstone, Toby King, Morgan Knowles, Jonny Lomax, Jermaine McGillvary, Paul McShane, Tommy Makinson, Dom Manfredi, Harry Newman, Mark Percival, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, James Roby, Dan Sarginson, Ryan Sutton, Luke Thompson, Sam Tomkins, Alex Walmsley, Kallum Watkins, Elliott Whitehead, George Williams.