England name ETS
England Rugby League have named a revised 28-man Elite Training Squad, which will form the nucleus of the side that will compete in this autumn’s Triangular tournament against France and Wales.
England coach Steve McNamara has kept faith with the majority of players that were selected in his initial squad back in March.
Warrington Wolves’ Ryan Atkins and Hull FC’s Danny Tickle are included after featuring in the International Origin series against the Exiles earlier this summer.
“With the Rugby League World Cup just over 12 months away our planning and preparation will step up over the year ahead to make sure we are competitive and ready to make a huge impact on the tournament,” said McNamara.
“Ultimately, my ambition is to have a squad capable of winning the World Cup for the first time since 1972 and we are heading in the right direction. Every opportunity with the players’ I have is vital. We have some exciting plans that will make us the best prepared side to come from these shores in history.”
From the squad selected in March, five players have missed out - Ryan Bailey (Leeds Rhinos), Warrington centre Chris Bridge, Ian Henderson (Catalan Dragons) and East Yorkshire pair Kris Welham (Hull KR) and Kirk Yeaman (Hull FC) - but McNamara believes there are still opportunities for these players to make the squad in the future.
“The door is not shut on those that have missed out this time around. As we approach the business end of the season, there is a lot to play for and there is no doubt that some players will progress and push for a place in the squad during the autumn series. We have a number of NRL based players that will be involved too and it is imperative that we continue to have competition for places across all positions.“
Meanwhile, the England Knights 29-man squad includes eight new faces as they build up to their debut in the Alitalia Cup.
After a strong season with Warrington, which included winning the Carnegie Challenge Cup final a week ago at Wembley, prop Chris Hill is rewarded with a call up. Other notable inclusions are Castleford Tigers impressive hooker Daryl Clarke and Huddersfield Giants exciting full-back Greg Eden.
The Knights will play Ireland and Scotland in the Alitalia Cup commencing next month.
Full details of where England will play in the Triangular tournament, including dates and kick off times, will be announced in due course.
England Elite Training Squad
(Professional club and community club shown):
Carl Ablett, Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Parkside
Ryan Atkins, Warrington Wolves, Stanningley
Tom Briscoe, Hull FC, Featherstone Lions
Danny Brough, Huddersfield Giants, Thornhill Trojans
Rob Burrow, Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions
Garreth Carvell, Warrington Wolves, Stanningley
Josh Charnley, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks
Rangi Chase, Castleford Tigers, Dannevirke Tigers
Eorl Crabtree, Huddersfield Giants, Huddersfield YMCA
Leroy Cudjoe, Huddersfield Giants, Newsome Panthers
Ryan Hall, Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders
Zak Hardaker, Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions
Gareth Hock, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Judes
Ben Jones-Bishop, Leeds Rhinos, Queens
Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Leeds Rhinos, Stanningley
Jonny Lomax, St Helens, Orrell St James
Danny McGuire, Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds
Michael McIlorum, Wigan Warriors, Queens
Adrian Morley, Warrington Wolves, Eccles
Lee Mossop, Wigan Warriors, Hensingham
Sean O’Loughlin, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks
James Roby, St Helens, Blackbrook
Kevin Sinfield, Leeds Rhinos, Waterhead
Danny Tickle, Hull FC, Golborne Parkside
Sam Tomkins, Wigan Warriors. Wigan St Patricks
Kallum Watkins, Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion
Ben Westwood, Warrington Wolves, Normanton
Jon Wilkin, St Helens, East Hull
England Knights Squad
*denotes players new to the squad (Professional club and community club shown):
Jodie Broughton, Salford City Reds, Queens
Tom Burgess*, Bradford Bulls, Dewsbury Moor
Daryl Clark*, Castleford Tigers, Castleford Lock Lane
Chris Clarkson, Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds
Paul Clough, St Helens, Blackbrook
Mike Cooper, Warrington Wolves, Latchford Albion
Kieran Dixon*, London Broncos, Hemel Stags
Greg Eden*, Huddersfield Giants, Castleford Lock Lane
Rhys Evans, Warrington Wolves, Burtonwood Bulldogs
Liam Farrell, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats
Mark Flanagan, St Helens, Saddleworth Rangers
Luke Gale, Bradford Bulls, Middleton Marauders
Ben Harrison, Warrington Wolves, Barrow Island
Chris Hill*, Warrington Wolves, New Springs Lions
Josh Hodgson, Hull KR, Hull Dockers
Danny Houghton, Hull FC, East Hull
Jack Hughes*, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Judes
Michael Lawrence*, Huddersfield Giants, Newsome Panthers
Shaun Lunt, Huddersfield Giants, Ellenborough Rangers
Jermaine McGillvary, Huddersfield Giants, Deighton Juniors
Richie Myler, Warrington Wolves, Halton West Bank
Larne Patrick, Huddersfield Giants, Townville Tigers
Stefan Ratchford, Warrington Wolves, Wigan St Patricks
Chris Riley, Warrington Wolves, Woolston Rovers
Matty Smith, Salford City Reds, Blackbrook
Scott Taylor, Hull KR, Skirlaugh Bulls
Jordan Turner*, Hull FC, Waterhead
Joe Wardle, Huddersfield Giants, Ovenden
Joe Westerman, Hull FC, Featherstone Lions