England Community Lions side named
Coach Kelvin Lockett has named his England Community Lions U18s side for tomorrow night’s test match against France Juniors in Bordeaux.
St Helens-based club Thatto Heath Crusaders provide three players with Dave Pike, Nathan Skupski and Corey Lee filling three of the back-line positions, whilst Pike has also been named as captain of the side.
Reigning Gillette National Youth League Champions West Cumbria also have three players in the side as Callum Phillips, Alistair Leak and Blake Mahovic return to the Lions line up after featuring last year.
The side also contains two players from the midlands as winger George Leng (Leicester Storm) and prop Sam Hull (North Derbyshire Chargers) get ready to make their international debuts.
The game against the French is the first chance for the side to shine in a busy autumn schedule where they will also face Wales and the touring Australian Schoolboys.
England Community Lions U18s – team to play France Juniors
1 Jacob Blades (Holderness Vikings)
2 George Leng (Leicester Storm)
3 Dave Pike (Thatto Heath Crusaders)
4 Nathan Skupski (Thatto Heath Crusaders)
5 Corey Lee (Thatto Heath Crusaders)
6 Adam Swift (Blackbrook)
7 Alistair Leak (West Cumbria)
8 Sam Hull (North Derbyshire Chargers)
9 Callum Phillips (West Cumbria)
10 Jack Gay (Hull Dockers)
11 Luke Willings (Widnes West Bank Bears)
12 Blake Mahovic (West Cumbria)
13 Jack Bussey (Leeds Stanningley)
14 Liam Fishwick (Bold Miners)
15 Marcus O’Brian (Millom)
16 Barry Clarke (Chorley)
17 Jack Francis (Saddleworth Rangers)
England Community Lions: forthcoming fixtures
v France Juniors
Wednesday 3 November
Stade Raymond Arbit, Bordeaux
Kick Off 7.00pm (local time)
Wednesday 17 November
Kick Off 7.30pm
v Australian Secondary Schools
Friday 26 November
Kick Off 7.30pm
Click here to read assistant coach Chris Baxter's blog of the tour.