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Willie Peters calls for Hull KR stars to be given England chance

Hull KR have been one of the more impressive sides this season so far in Super League and their head coach Willie Peters has suggested that plenty of key players will only get better.

Rovers have a blend of youth and experience with veterans such as skipper Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Ryan Hall operating on the left flank whilst Tom Opacic and Ethan Ryan play on the opposite side.

Their spine is generally youthful with Mikey Lewis (21), Jordan Abdull (27) and Jez Litten (25) all prominent and supported by veteran full-back Lachlan Coote.

Of that trio only Jordan Abdull has represented England so far but with an international fixture at the end of the month Peters has discussed if Shaun Wane will be selecting any of his men.

He also specifically spoke about James Batchelor, whom Rovers will be without for their game against St Helens after he was handed a one match ban for his tackle on Hull FC star Jake Clifford.

Peters said of Batchelor: “I’ve been open to say I believe he should be a future rep player down the track.

“He does all the small things that go unnoticed by some people, definitely not by us as coaching staff and his teammates.”

Batchelor had been one of five players to have featured in every game for the Robins, with Jesse Sue who is also banned being another.

Another player that Peters referenced for a potential call-up down the line is Rovers’ latest acquisition Corey Hall, who despite not playing for his new side yet clearly has caught Peters’ eye.

“Corey has got a bright future in the game. He’s coming into a team that at the moment we’re doing reasonably well and players have been here all pre-season and done the hard yards.

“He will definitely be playing first-team for us at some point, we have high hopes for Corey. We talked about players of the future and potential rep players, well there’s no doubt that Corey Hall can potentially be that.”

He could well find himself called up to the England squad though and when asked about the prospect of any players being called up Peters was positive and receptive to the idea.

“I’d like to think that they will. There’s no doubt that where we’re sitting helps with that but there’s been some strong individual performances.

“Obviously Shaun Wane knows who he is going to pick and I’m hoping he will pick a few of our players because it is great for the individual, but it’s great for the club as well.”

Within Peters’ squad there is both Abdull and Hall who are capped, Hall being in the recent World Cup squad, and in spite of his age his form has continued as exemplified by his hattrick at the weekend, whilst Abdull’s prominent Man of Steel position also showcases his merits.

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