Three Lions “desperate” to resume play, says boss Shaun Wane – .

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Three Lions “desperate” to resume play, says boss Shaun Wane – .


England’s last test match dates back to 2018
Lieu: Gilbert Brutus Stadium, Perpignan Date: saturday 23 october To start up: 12:00 p.m. BST women, 2:30 p.m. BST men
Blanket: Live on BBC Two (women) and BBC One (men), with text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app.

England are “desperate” to start playing again as they face France in a test match on Saturday, boss Shaun Wane said.

The Three Lions should have prepared to face Samoa in the World Cup opener, but the event has been postponed until next year.

Wane’s first game in charge ended with a narrow 26-24 loss by the Combined All Stars in Warrington in June.

“It’s more important,” Wane said. “It’s a big game, a real test match. “

The coronavirus pandemic also forced the Ashes series to be canceled last year, so Wane will take charge of his first meaningful game since being appointed as Wayne Bennett’s successor in February 2020.

“With what has happened in recent years and the loss of the World Cup, this is our chance,” he said.

“We’re desperate to start playing again and it will be a full house there, so we have to make sure we do our best.

“I see this as the start of our preparation for the World Cup. I explained that to the players and that’s why the training has been so good and so intense this week.

“I was really impressed with how the players turned on, ready to talk and ready to improve. Their attitude was first class. “

The Gilbert Brutus stadium men’s and women’s doubles will both be broadcast live on BBC TV.

Bateman to inexperienced England captain

Wigan striker John Bateman will captain England in the absence of Man of Steel Sam Tomkins, who has been ruled out with a knee injury.

Bateman, 28, receives the armband forward Jonny Lomax and with 16 appearances, the back rower is the most capped player involved in a largely inexperienced England squad.

Wane will present the first international caps to eight players including Jordan Abdull, Tom Davies, Niall Evalds, Morgan Knowles, Kruise Leeming, Paul McShane, Mikolaj Oledzki and Joe Philbin.

Former Catalan Dragons half-back Tony Gigot will captain France in Perpignan, head coach Laurent Frayssinous appointing a team made up entirely of Catalan and Toulouse players.

It comes at the end of a successful season for both French teams as the Catalans won the League Leaders Shield but were terribly beaten in the Grand Final by St Helens, while Toulouse secured a promotion to the Super League. .

The hosts will field 10 debutants in the game, but are deprived of Catalan duo Ben Garcia and Julian Bousquet, as well as new Huddersfield signing Theo Fages due to injury.

Frayssinous said: “This test match against England is the start of our new planning for the 2022 World Cup and I have no doubts that we can give the English a competitive game. “

The entire teams

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

Échange : Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves), Kruise Leeming (Leeds Rhinos), Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos), Joe Philbin (Warrington Wolves).

France: Mark Kheirallah (Toulouse); Ilias Bergal (Toulouse), Mathieu Laguerre (Catalans), Mathieu Jussaume (Toulouse), Fouad Yaha (Catalans); Arthur Mourgue (Catalans), Tony Gigot (Toulouse, captain); Romain Navarrete (Toulouse), Anthony Marion (Toulouse), Jordan Dezaria (Catalans), Benjamin Jullien (Catalans), Paul Seguier (Catalans), Mickael Goudemand (Catalans).

Interchange: Eloi Pelissier (Toulouse), Maxime Puech (Toulouse), Justin Sangare (Toulouse), Corentin le Cam (Catalans).

10 triple winners in the women’s team

England manager Craig Richards will debut Savannah Andrade of York City Knights and Rachael Woosey of St Helens for Saturday’s test against France.

Half of the squad is made up of the St Helens squad who won a historic national treble in trophies in 2021.

Emily Rudge is captain on her 24th appearance with Woman of Steel Jodie Cunningham also involved.

England Women’s Team: Savannah Andrade (York City Knights), Caitlin Beevers (Leeds Rhinos), Leah Burke (St Helens), Chantelle Crowl (St Helens), Jodie Cunningham (St Helens) , Hollie Dodd (Castleford Tigers), Grace Field (York City Knights) , Francesca Goldthorp (Leeds Rhinos), Amy Hardcastle (St Helens), Shona Hoyle (Huddersfield Giants), Tara Jones (St Helens), Emma Lumley (Castleford Tigers), Victoria Molyneux (Wigan Warriors), Emily Rudge (St Helens) – Capitaine, Tara-Jane Stanley (Castleford Tigers), Beth Stott (St Helens), Paige Travis (St Helens), Vicky Whitfield (St Helens), Olivia Wood (York City Knights), Rachael Woosey (St Helens)

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