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Jack Welsby names the 2 players he’s ‘delighted’ were chosen for England

At the tender age of 23, it feels strange to call Jack Welsby a veteran at international level. However, in a squad which features six debutants, Welsby’s nine caps certainly means he is one of the more experienced players in the England squad.

Welsby will almost certainly start England’s game against France in Toulouse this weekend, as the England side looks to build towards the upcoming Ashes series in 2025 and a World Cup in 2026. So far, Welsby has lost just once in an England shirt, in their heartbreaking semi-final defeat against Samoa in the last Rugby League World Cup.

England will get a shot at revenge against Samoa in a historic test series which is set to take place this autumn, with two games set to take place in Wigan and Leeds. Therefore, the game against France is an essential opportunity for Wane to assess some of the players on the fringes of his squad.

Speaking ahead of the game, Welsby has picked out the players he is most excited to see get a shot in an England shirt this weekend.

Jack Welbsy ‘delighted’ to see two players in the England squad


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Speaking to the Sportsman podcast, Welsby has picked out two of his England teammates to watch in the game against France. Welsby is particularly pleased to see St Helens teammate, George Delaney, earn a call up in Wane’s squad.

He also believes that Hull KR man, Elliot Minchalla deserves a chance, having beein in excellent form for KR in recent weeks. Welsby said:

“Well, my obvious one is George Delaney. I want to see how he goes. He deserves his call-up. He’s someone that I knew Waney would like as soon as I seen him play. He’s tough. He goes hard, doesn’t he?

“He just doesn’t really have much respect for his body. Other than George, I think Elliot Minchella probably deserves a shout. I think he’s been knocking on the door. I think with people like Victor Radley and Morgan Knowles, it’s obviously going to be hard for him to get in consistently but I think he deserves his chance.

“Every time he plays against me, he throws something up in that middle that does cause some problems. As a spine player myself, it’s someone I’m looking forward to playing with.”

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