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Shaun Wane names England squad unchanged ahead of first Leeds training session |  Rugby League News

Wane has stayed with the same elite team named in November, which means there is no room for Gareth Widdop or Jake Connor at the moment; Six currently injured players, including Harry Newman of Leeds Rhinos, are all featured; Seven English players based in the NRL in the squad too

Last updated: 06/04/21 9:45 am

Shaun Wane has named unchanged squad for first England training session

Shaun Wane has named an unchanged 35-man England squad ahead of his first training session as head coach.

Wane was named Wayne Bennett’s successor 14 months ago and announced his elite squad in November, but has yet to meet his players face to face due to the coronavirus pandemic.

That will change when they meet at Leeds Beckett University next Tuesday to prepare for the midseason international against the Combined Nations All Stars in Warrington on June 25.

Wane made his caps after the first round of Betfred Super League games so the outstanding second-round performance of Warrington Wolves half-back Gareth Widdop and Hull FC full-back Jake Connor came too late to be taken into account at this point.

However, the former Wigan boss has said he expects the squad to undergo changes as the players make their way, with new meetings scheduled for May and early June.

Six of the 28 Super League players are currently injured, including Leeds Rhinos center Harry Newman, 21, the youngest member of the squad who is recovering from a broken leg but is in Cup plans from the world of Wane.

“I rate Harry Newman very well,” Wane said. “He’s got a good chance of playing in the World Cup. We have real strength down the center – and also in the hooker and the wing.

Shaun Wane names England squad unchanged ahead of first Leeds training session |  Rugby League News

Harry Newman is highly regarded by Shaun Wane

“Names come and go throughout the season, but the 35 players I named reflect my current thinking.

“They are all capable of playing to the English standard. They know what is expected at international level and the heights they need to reach.”

“We have a good mix of youth and experience and age is not a barrier. The 30s on the team play good rugby. And, if a 17 year old puts up his hand and shows me that he has what it takes. He will be in it. “

Wane announced his squad on Tuesday, exactly 200 days before England kick off the tournament against Samoa at St James’s Park, Newcastle on Saturday 23 October.

Shaun Wane names England squad unchanged ahead of first Leeds training session |  Rugby League News

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The squad includes seven NRL-based players who won’t be involved in the Leeds training season or the midsummer game, but who are sure to push for World Cup spots.

“I watch every Super League game several times and see good things so far from the English players,” said Wane.

“I am also watching the NRL very closely. These players cannot join us at Leeds Beckett, but I will make sure they get the same information as the players who can.

“The session in Leeds is about presenting the players with my systems – how we will defend, how we will attack etc.

“They’re some of the best players and they’ll get it very quickly. It’s an important part of our preparation for the mid-season international against the All Stars and for the World Cup as well.”

The English team of 35 players

John Bateman, Tom Burgess, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Niall Evalds, Herbie Farnworth, Liam Farrell, Luke Gale, Oliver Gildart, Josh Griffin, Ash Handley, Zak Hardaker, Josh Hodgson, Tom Johnstone, Toby King, Morgan Knowles , Jonny Lomax, Jermaine McGillvary, Paul McShane, Tommy Makinson, Dom Manfredi, Harry Newman, Mark Percival, Joe Philbin, Steffan Ratchford, James Roby, Sarginson, Ryan Sutton, Luke Thompson, Sam Tomkins, Alex Walmsley, Kallum Watkins, Elliot Whitehead , George Williams.


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