England appoint inexperienced team to face France – .

England appoint inexperienced team to face France – .

John Bateman will captain England on October 23

England have named eight unselected players from an inexperienced squad for their fall international against France on Saturday 23 October.

Wigan Warriors second row John Bateman is the most capped player with just 16 for the game in Perpignan.

The match is broadcast on the BBC and is part of a double header with the women of England also playing France.

“There is a very positive atmosphere in the camp, great camaraderie,” said head coach Shane Wane.

“The guys have trained well and we’re good to go. We have some outstanding leaders on the team, including John Bateman who will be captain.

“I’ve known John since he was a kid, I trust him, I know what he’s capable of and he’s strong under pressure. And we also have other strong leaders, like Jonny Lomax in halftime and Mike Cooper in first place. ”

Jordan Abdull, Tom Davies, Niall Evalds, Morgan Knowles, Kruise Leeming, Paul McShane, Mikolaj Oledzki and Joe Philbin are all set to make their international debuts in the game.

Wane said the game would be an opportunity for the players to “score” with the World Cup set to take place next year. The event, to be held in 2021, have been reported after the withdrawal of Australia and New Zealand due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Some of them have never played in an English setup before and I’m really excited for them,” Wane added.

“Representing your country is a dream and I can’t wait to see what they can do in an English shirt. “

The men’s match will be broadcast on BBC One from 2:30 p.m. BST.

The women’s match, which will start at 12 noon and will also take place at the Gilbert Brutus stadium in Perpignan, will be the first English women’s rugby league international to be broadcast on terrestrial television.

Both tests will be played on the kick-off day of the 2021 Rugby Union World Cup in Newcastle.

England men’s team

Niall Evalds (Castleford Tigers), Tom Davies (Dragons catalans), Reece Lyne (Wakefield Trinity), Zak Hardaker (Wigan Warriors), Tommy Makinson (St Helens), Jonny Lomax (St Helens), Jordan Abdull (Hull KR), Alex Walmsley (St Helens), Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers), Mike Cooper (Warrington Wolves), John Bateman (Wigan Warriors, Capt.), Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors), Morgan Knowles (St Helens).

Trade: Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves); Kruise Leeming (Leeds Rhinoceros); Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinoceros); Joe Philbin (Warrington Wolves)


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