England Knights announce squad to face Jamaica

England Knights have announced their 19-man squad for this Sunday’s international against Jamaica.

Among them are three teenagers who starred for the England Academy in their series win over the Australian Schoolboys last Autumn.

Leeds centre Harry Newman and Wigan duo Morgan Smithies and Harry Smith are the three to make the step up.

Wigan youngster Morgan Smithies is one of three teenagers named.

The Warriors have the most representatives, with Joe Greenwood, Sam Powell and Oli Partington all getting the nod alongside Smithies and Smith.

Salford fullback Niall Evalds and St Helens prop Jack Ashworth are also included fresh from appearing in the Super League Grand Final, while Saints’ halfback Danny Richardson is also named.

Knights head coach Paul Anderson said: “I think this squad shows why it was so important for the Knights to play this autumn.

“You can see from the Great Britain squad selected yesterday how much guys like Jack Hughes and Joe Philbin benefited from going to Papua New Guinea with the Knights last year.

Tom Lineham has been named after also featuring in last year’s squad against Papua New Guinea.

“The other part of the pathway is young players such as Harry Newman, Harry Smith and Morgan Smithies coming up from the Academy after outstanding performances against the Australian Schoolboys last autumn, and then building on that with their club performances this season.

“The average age of the squad is only 22, and 12 of the 19 will be hoping to win their first Knights cap. That makes it an exciting squad to be around, and with attractive opposition in Jamaica, we hope Rugby League supporters will be keen to watch our next generation in international action next weekend.”

England Knights’ 19-man squad: Jack Ashworth (St Helens), Josh Bowden (Hull FC), Rob Butler (London Broncos), Niall Evalds (Salford Red Devils), Joe Greenwood (Wigan Warriors), Toby King (Warrington Wolves), Kruise Leeming (Huddersfield Giants), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants), Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers), Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos), Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos), Oliver Partington (Wigan Warriors), Matt English (Huddersfield Giants), Sam Powell (Wigan Warriors), Danny Richardson (St Helens), Harry Smith (Wigan Warriors), Cameron Smith (Leeds Rhinos), Morgan Smithies (Wigan Warriors).