Great Britain announce tour squad for 2019

Great Britain rugby league have announced their full 24-man tour squad for 2019, with Hull FC’s Jake Connor included.

The Lions will play matches in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, with Connor set to make his GB debut following a successful debut year with England last season.

Connor has also been included in the England squad for the inaugural World Cup 9s tournament to be played in Sydney this weekend (19th and 20th).

New Hull FC 2020 signing Josh Jones, who played in the Super League Grand Final for Salford on Saturday before getting married on Sunday, is included.

Head coach Wayne Bennett has controversially selected Australian Blake Austin. Jackson Hastings is also selected, alongside Lachlan Coote who has previously played for Scotland.

There is no place for Sam Burgess who has a serious shoulder injury, and Sean O’Loughlin is also missing.

Seven NRL players make the cut, with the other 17 from Super League. James Graham will captain the side in what is GB’s first tour since 2006.

Full Great Britain Squad:

Super League based players

Castleford – Jake Trueman

Huddersfield – Jermaine McGillvary

Hull FC – Jake Connor

Salford – Jackson Hastings, Josh Jones

St Helens – Lachlan Coote, Jonny Lomax, Luke Thompson, Alex Walmsley

Warrington – Blake Austin, Daryl Clark, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Joe Philbin

Wigan – Oliver Gildart, Zak Hardaker, George Williams

NRL based players

Canberra Raiders – John Bateman, Josh Hodgson, Elliot Whitehead

South Sydney Rabbitohs – Tom Burgess

St George Illawarra – James Graham, Gareth Widdop

Sydney Roosters – Ryan Hall

Great Britain 2019 Fixtures

  • 26th October: Tonga vs Great Britain, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
  • 2nd November: New Zealand vs Great Britain, Eden Park, Auckland
  • 9th November: New Zealand vs Great Britain, Christchurch Stadium
  • 16th November: Papua New Guinea vs Great Britain, Port Moresby

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