Wane names squad for mid-season test

Wane names squad for mid-season test

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England Head Coach Shaun Wane has named a provisional 24-player squad for next Friday’s mid-season fixture against the Combined Nations All Stars in Warrington.

The squad, which will be reduced to 19 before the squad goes into camp next week, includes George Williams, who returns to England as a free agent following his release on compassionate grounds from Canberra Raiders.

Ash Handley is joined by his Leeds Rhinos team-mate Mikolaj Oledzki, who has earned a promotion from the England Knights squad and could make history as the first Poland-born player to play international Rugby League.

Another Knights graduate, the Warrington Wolves centre Toby King, is also called up with Morgan Knowles, St Helens’ Barrow-born loose forward who represented Wales at the 2017 World Cup but switched allegiances to England last year.

There are also first call-ups for Huddersfield’s explosive centre Jake Wardle and for Tom Davies, who is one of the two Catalans Dragons players in the squad alongside Sam Tomkins.

Wakefield’s Joe Westerman is re-called to the England set up after an absence of seven years, joining his Trinity team-mate Reece Lyne in the squad.

No NRL-based players were considered for selection.

England Head Coach Shaun Wane says: “We have a good blend of youth, versatility and experience, and I have every confidence in whoever makes the final cut. I watch every Betfred Super League game, every week, at least once, and all of these players have earned the right to play for England.”

24-player England squad: John Bateman, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Tom Davies, Liam Farrell, Luke Gale, Ash Handley, Toby King, Morgan Knowles, Reece Lyne, Jonny Lomax, Paul McShane, Tommy Makinson, Jermaine McGillvary, Mikolaj Oledzki, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Dan Sarginson, Sam Tomkins, Alex Walmsley, Jake Wardle, Joe Westerman, George Williams.

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