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Top Super League talents named in England Academy squad

Super League talents Jack Charles and Arron Lindop

Paul Anderson, the RFL’s Head of England Pathways, has named his 21-man squad for the match against France next month, with some of Super League ‘s top talents named.

The young side take on their French counterparts at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium on the 2nd of July, during the same international window that sees the men’s and women’s first teams of England and France clash in Toulouse at Stade Ernest-Wallon.

Some of the standout players for the academy side are those with Super League experience, including Hull FC’s Jack Charles, Wigan Warriors’ Jack Farrimond and Warrington Wolves pair Cai Taylor-Wray and Arron Lindop.

Lindop recently scored for The Wire in their 18-19 defeat to Wigan Warriors before the Challenge Cup final.

The only player that isn’t at a Super League club is Wakefield Trinity hooker Harvey Smith, who made his first team debut against Hull KR in Trinity’s final Super League game of the 2023 season.

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Wakefield Trinity's Harvey Smith passes the ball in a Super League game against Hull KR

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Paul Anderson, Head of England Pathways, says: “I’ve been following the progress of players in the Academy, Reserves and Super League competitions from the start of the season, and I’m really excited about what this squad can achieve.

“In preparing for this game we’ll expose the players to the kind of environment they might one day experience at senior international level, so ahead of the match the squad will come together at Leeds Beckett University, where the facilities are excellent and which is a fantastic base for the pathways programme.

“The players I’ve selected are a credit not only to their professional clubs, but to their former community clubs too. They wouldn’t be where they are without the likes of Beverley Braves and Halton Hornets.”

England Academy versus France takes place at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, on Tuesday 2 July, 7.30pm.

England Academy Squad (including players’ professional and community clubs)

Wigan's Jack Farrimond is tackled against London Broncos in Super League

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Presley Cassell (Leeds Rhinos/West Bowling), Jack Charles (Hull FC/Beverley Braves), Owen Dagnall (St Helens/Halton Hornets), Jake Davies (St Helens/Halton Hornets), Jack Farrimond (Wigan Warriors/Leigh Miners), William Hutchinson (Hull FC/Skirlaugh), Billy Keeley (St Helens/West Bank Bears), Taylor Kerr (Wigan Warriors/Wigan St Jude’s), Arron Lindop (Warrington Wolves/Latchford Giants), Nathan Lowe (Wigan Warriors/Wigan St Jude’s), Kian McDermott (Wigan Warriors/Wigan St Patrick’s), Tom McKinney (Warrington Wolves/Hensingham), Lukas Mason (Wigan Warriors/Siddal), Jayemm Oladipupo (Leeds Rhinos/West Bowling), Joe Phillips (Leeds Rhinos/Siddal), Marcus Qareqare (Leeds Rhinos/Lock Lane), Harry Robertson (St Helens/Halton Hornets), Harvey Smith (Wakefield Trinity/East Leeds), Archie Sykes (Huddersfield Giants/Greetland Allrounders), Cai Taylor-Wray (Warrington Wolves/East Leeds), George Whitby (St Helens/Blackbrook)

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