Look out England, the Exiles are coming
Exiles Rugby League coach Brian McClennan has named a formidable and dynamic looking 19 man squad for the International Origin match against England at Warrington (Friday June 14).
The former New Zealand supremo includes four Warrington Wolves players, nine newcomers and only one Exiles ever-present in St Helens’ Sia Soliola, meaning that at least seven Super League players will make their Exiles bow.
Wolves captain Brett Hodgson, who led the Exiles to a 32-20 victory over England at Huddersfield last year, will again skipper the side. Team mates and compatriots Joel and Michael Monaghan, and Trent Waterhouse are also included.
The nine newcomers are Zeb Taia (Catalan Dragons), Travis Burns, Michael Dobson and Mickey Paea (Hull Kingston Rovers), Brett Delaney (Leeds Rhinos), Chris Bailey (London Broncos), Michael Monaghan (Warrington Wolves), Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) and Harrison Hansen (Wigan Warriors).
Exiles coach Brian McClennan said:
“This is a very strong squad – you’ve only got to look at the names of some of the players I’ve had to leave out to see that.
“And there’s no second game this year, so everything is riding on the one match. We’ll be giving it our best shot and England will have to be at their very best to beat us.
“For players on either side it’s their only representative opportunity before the Rugby League World Cup, so I expect a very intense battle. We’re aiming to put on a style of rugby that does the Exiles brand proud and I really hope the Warrington public come out and support the match in huge numbers.”
The squad will meet up at its Warrington base on Sunday night (June 9) and McClennan will announce his team to face England on Wednesday June 12.
The former Leeds Rhinos and New Zealand Warriors coach Brian McClennan, who coached the Rhinos to Super League successon 2008 and 2009, added:
“I had a great time coaching the Exiles two years ago and I’m looking forward to replicating the spirit we had in camp in 2011.”
Tickets for the International Origin Match at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, on Friday 14th June cost from £20 (£15 for 65+ students, £10 for under-16s) and can be purchased online at rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or via the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm).
Exiles 19-man squad
Travis Burns (Hull Kingston Rovers, Australia), Chris Bailey (London Broncos, Australia), Brett Delaney (Leeds Rhinos, Australia), Michael Dobson (Hull Kingston Rovers, Australia), Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings, Australia), Harrison Hansen (Wigan Warriors, Samoa), Brett Hodgson (Warrington Wolves, Australia, Captain), Lance Hohaia (St Helens, New Zealand), Kylie Leuluai (Leeds Rhinos, Samoa), Steve Menzies (Catalans Dragons, Australia), Joel Monaghan (Warrington Wolves, Australia), Michael Monaghan (Warrington Wolves, Australia), Joel Moon (Leeds Rhinos, Australia), Mickey Paea (Hull Kingston Rovers, Tonga), Tony Puletua (St Helens, Samoa), Pat Richards (Wigan Warriors, Ireland), Iosia Soliola (St Helens, Samoa), Zeb Taia (Catalan Dragons, Cook Islands) and Trent Waterhouse (Warrington Wolves, Australia).
Tickets for the 2013 International Origin Game, England v Exiles at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, are now on sale from the RFL Ticket OIffice on 0844 856 1113 and online at rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk Tickets can also be purchased from the The Halliwell Jones Stadium Ticket Office.