England Knights squad announced

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England have announced a 27-man strong Knights squad that will take part in training and internationals.

Discussions around Knights fixtures for 2021 are underway and Anderson’s charges will also be joining sessions with Shaun Wane’s senior squad during the summer.

Wigan Warriors supply the most players with five, while Huddersfield Giants and Leeds Rhinos each have four representatives. Castleford Tigers, St Helens and Warrington Wolves each have three players in the squad, with the remainder coming from Catalans Dragons (2), Hull FC (2) and Hull KR (1).

England Knights Head Coach, Paul Anderson, says: “Through the Knights programme we’re investing in the future of England Rugby League.

“The Knights is part of a performance pathway from schoolboy level upwards and I am excited about the prospect of working with the players who have reached this stage of their development. My job is to prepare them for the next step – the senior international team.

“For some players the chance to represent the senior side may come at RWLC2021, for others it might be 2025. Shaun is very clear about what he wants and expects from the Knights, and I’m very clear about supporting him.”

England Knights squad: Matty Ashton, Rob Butler, Tom Davies, Matty English, Joe Cator, Ethan Havard, Jordan Lane, George Lawler, Matty Lees, Kruise Leeming, Darnell McIntosh, Liam Marshall, Alex Mellor, Mikolaj Oledzki, Jacques O’Neill, Oliver Partington, Danny Richardson, Aaron Smith, Cameron Smith, Harry Smith, Morgan Smithies, Jake Trueman, Danny Walker, Jake Wardle, Jack Welsby, Matt Whitley, Oliver Wilson.

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