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Five players who will captain England before they retire

There are few accolades as prestigious as captaining your country especially in rugby league. When you look back at the history of the England armband, some real legends have worn it so anyone who follows in their footsteps will be joining the very elite of our great game. With that in mind, here’s five players who we think will captain England before they retire.

George Williams

George Williams is still on 26 and yet it feels like he’s been around forever. A former Super League Champion, he stepped up a level again when he joined Canberra and was set for big things in the NRL. Unfortunately for his career in Australia, he felt like he needed to come home and has been superb for Warrington since joining the Wolves. A leader at halfback and with just about every experience in the book, he would be able to call upon them as captain of his country. Still young himself, his already long and illustrious career makes for the kind of player younger starlets will look up to. He could be the ideal skipper.

Jack Welsby

Already a Grand Final hero, Jack Welsby has been even better this year and has the world at his feet. Set to play in a key position for the Saints moving forward as the natural replacement for Lachlan Coote, that will see him become the heart of a top team and gradually become a leader. Capable of the big plays in big moments, he’s already captain material and will certainly wear the captain’s armband for St Helens one day and he very well could become England skipper off the back of that.

Morgan Knowles

Another future St Helens captain, Phil Clarke described last year’s Grand Final as the passing of the torch from Sean O’Loughlin to Morgan Knowles as the latter became the league’s premier loose-forward and I can see Knowles becoming a brilliant leader like O’Loughlin too. At least a 7 out of 10 in every aspect of the game and someone who never gives the opposition an inch, he’s captain material especially as he’ll give the Aussie forwards as good as he gets from the Green and Golds. He’ll set an example down the middle of the field and that’s just what England need against their biggest rivals.

Harry Newman

There are few youngsters quite as competitive as Harry Newman. The rangy and powerful young English centre is difficult to stop, potent in defence and has a wide-ranging skillset. He won’t take a backwards step and will always come up with the gutsy play to change a game whether that’s a desperate tackle or a surging run and again that makes him captain material especially if he can do it against the world’s finest.

Will Pryce

At 17 years of age, Will Pryce will still be in his prime when guys like Newman and Welsby are reaching the end of their careers. So, he’ll be the man the England coach turns to next if he continues his development. As a player set to be in the Huddersfield spine for years to come, he’ll be at the heart of the action and in charge of directing the play which will make him a leader before he’s given any armband. With a superb skillset at his disposal, he could also come up with the match-winning plays to inspire his side.

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