SLTV EXCLUSIVE: Exiles starting line-up
Exiles coach Daniel Anderson has named his team to play England tomorrow at The Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield (7.45pm). There are five changes from the 13 which started the first match of the International Origin Series against Steve McNamara’s men at St Helens.
Saints forward Anthony Laffranchi moves up from the bench to start this game and there are four new Exiles caps. In-form Salford City Reds pair Joel Moon and Daniel Holdsworth are in the starting line-up. While veteran forwards Heath L’Estrange of Bradford Bulls and Steve Menzies of Catalan Dragons also make their Exiles debuts.
Two new caps are also included at interchange with Hull Kingston Rovers pair Lincoln Withers and Constantine Mika getting the nod.
Brett Hodgson of Warrington Wolves, unluckily side-lined with a late injury for the first game is named as captain.
Daniel Anderson said: “We have some different players with a different style this time. Some not as high profile, but players on the rise. Players like Con Mika and Lincoln Withers have been journeymen and talismanic figures in Super League, so it’s good for them to get a bit of recognition.
“We have a couple of changes in the outside backs. Joel Moon comes in, which is good because we can move Sia Soliola back to the forwards which I think is his best position and we have a new stand-off in Dan Holdsworth and a new hooker in Heath L’Estrange.
Anderson is delighted to have Brett Hodgson as captain for the match, he said: “He brings a level of desire which is infectious.”
Anderson is also hoping for better weather tomorrow: “So that we can put on a style of Rugby League that more resembles the Exiles brand. We want players that are asking coaches to play for the Exiles, we’ve got that now. They consider it a shop window for their endeavours, they want to play against England.”
Exiles 17-man team for International Origin Series – Game Two
1. Brett Hodgson (Warrington Wolves)
2. Joel Monaghan (Warrington Wolves)
3. Joel Moon (Salford City Reds)
4. Daryl Millard (Catalan Dragons)
5. Francis Meli (St Helens)
6. Daniel Holdsworth (Salford City Reds)
7. Scott Dureau (Catalan Dragons)
8. Anthony Laffranchi (St Helens)
9. Heath L’Estrange (Bradford Bulls)
10. Epalahame Lauaki (Wigan Warriors)
11. Willie Manu (Hull FC)
12. Steve Menzies (Catalan Dragons)
13. Sia Soliola (St Helens)
14. Kylie Leuluai (Leeds Rhinos)
15. Antonio Kaufusi (London Broncos)
16. Lincoln Withers (Hull Kingston Rovers)
17. Constantine Mika (Hull Kingston Rovers)
Tickets for the International Origin Series Game 2 fixture between England and the Exiles at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield, on Wednesday July 4 (7.45pm) cost from £21 (£10 concessions) and can be purchased through the RFL Ticket office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk.