Shaun Wane’s job now after being kept on as England coach is preparing for the 2025 World Cup.
With that in mind, Wane has revealed his selection approach for this up coming year which will see England take on France in April prior to an expected series against Tonga.
“There will be new faces and there will be lots of them,” Wane said to BBC.
“But I’ve got a lot of respect for those players and what they did in the World Cup, and I don’t want to start totally afresh and bring just young players into a new camp.
“I want our existing players like Chris Hill – who’s the other side of 30 – and Sam Tomkins having an influence on informing those players about how to train, their actions and the detail of what’s important to me.
“That’s going to be a big help to me going forward.”
Wane has promised a younger squad on the whole however.
“It’ll be a younger squad and it’ll be with 2025 in mind,” he said to International Rugby League.
“I picked some players over 30 in the World Cup and they did a fantastic job, so it won’t be a complete clear-out, but I’m looking at players who are 22 or 23 who could play a big part for us in the next World Cup.”