England have announced their Elite Performance Squad (EPS) ahead of the mid and end season tests against New Zealand.
Hull FC’s Scott Taylor is once again included in a 21-man squad that will meet regularly throughout the season.
Wayne Bennett has also chosen some family faces, ahead of the Denver fixture against the Kiwis in June, of which can be found below.
Also, confirmation that the England Knights (second string) will return sees further members of Lee Radford’s squad get some international recognition, with FC Academy products Josh Bowden, Dean Hadley, Jamie Shaul and Masimbaashe Matongo all included in a 25-man squad. Jake Connor is also selected.
The Knights last played a fixture in 2013 against Samoa but now return with the aim to develop more players ahead of the 2021 and 2025 Rugby League World Cups.
Kevin Sinfield and Paul Anderson will oversee the squad.
England EPS: Luke Gale, Mike McMeeken (Castleford), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield), Scott Taylor (Hull FC), Ryan Hall, Stevie Ward, Kallum Watkins (Leeds), Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Mark Percival, James Roby, Alex Walmsley (St Helens), Tom Johnstone (Wakefield), Kevin Brown, Daryl Clark, Ben Currie, Chris Hill, Stefan Ratchford (Warrington), John Bateman, Sean O’Loughlin, George Williams (Wigan).
England Knights: Greg Minikin, Jake Trueman (Castleford Tigers), Kruise Leeming (Huddersfield Giants), Josh Bowden, Jake Connor, Dean Hadley, Masimbaashe Matongo, Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Chris Atkin (Hull KR), Liam Sutcliffe, Jack Walker (Leeds), James Cunningham (London), Niall Evalds (Salford), Danny Richardson, Luke Thompson (St Helens), Reece Lyne (Wakefield), Jack Hughes (Warrington), Tom Gilmore, Danny Walker, Matt Whitley (Widnes), Joe Burgess, Tom Davies, Oliver Gildart, Sam Powell, Ryan Sutton (Wigan).
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