England Head Coach Shaun Wane today names a 40-player extended England Men’s squad to prepare for international Rugby League in 2023.
Drawn from eight Betfred Super League clubs, the squad includes a total of 20 players who are previously uncapped for England, although 13 of those have featured for England Knights in the last four years as focus turns to youth with the next Rugby League World Cup – being hosted in France in 2025 – on the horizon.
Of course, with eight clubs being represented in the squad it means four weren’t. These are Castleford Tigers, Hull FC, Leigh Leopards and Wakefield Trinity.
They are the current bottom four but the Leopards do have the league’s leading try scorer in the shape of Josh Charnley who isn’t included.
Salford Red Devils, who are sixth in the league, have two players included but not Marc Sneyd who was one of the seven from the World Cup squad left out.
Catalans Dragons, Huddersfield Giants and Hull KR all have three players each whilst Leeds Rhinos have five players with youngster Morgan Gannon the surprise inclusion.
However, more than half of the squad comes from the reigning Champions St Helens, Challenge Cup holders Wigan Warriors who are currently second and league leaders Warrington Wolves.
They have eight players each meaning they form 60% of the squad.
Castleford Tigers – 0
Catalans Dragons – 3
Tom Davies, Tom Johnstone, Mike McMeeken
Huddersfield Giants – 3
Chris Hill, Will Pryce, Oliver Wilson
Hull FC – 0
Hull KR – 3
Jordan Abdull, Mikey Lewis, Jez Litten (Hull KR)
Leeds Rhinos – 5
Morgan Gannon, Ash Handley, Tom Holroyd, Harry Newman, Mikolaj Oledzki
Leigh Leopards – 0
Salford Red Devils – 2
Andy Ackers, Tyler Dupree
St Helens – 8
Lewis Dodd, Morgan Knowles, Matty Lees, Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Mark Percival, Alex Walmsley, Jack Welsby
Wakefield Trinity – 0
Warrington Wolves – 8
Matty Ashton, Daryl Clark, Ben Currie, James Harrison, Matty Nicholson, Josh Thewlis, Danny Walker, George Williams
Wigan Warriors – 8
Liam Farrell, Ethan Havard, Toby King, Liam Marshall, Kai Pearce-Paul, Harry Smith, Morgan Smithies, Jake Wardle
The Ranking therefore is as follows:
1 St Helens – 8
2 Warrington Wolves – 8
3 Wigan Warriors – 8
4 Leeds Rhinos – 5
5 Catalans Dragons – 3
6 Huddersfield Giants – 3
7 Hull KR – 3
8 Salford Red Devils – 2
9 Castleford Tigers – 0
10 Hull FC – 0
11 Leigh Leopards – 0
12 Wakefield Trinity – 0