England World Cup squad
Posted: Monday 9th October 2017 - 12:02 PM
Wayne Bennett has announced his 24 man England squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
Castleford Tigers players Luke Gale and Mike McMeeken will both be representing England and will meet up with the rest of the team to fly out to Australia later this week.
Speaking this morning Mike McMeeken said: “It's a massive honour to have been selected for the World Cup squad. I'm looking forward to getting the opportunity to represent my country again on an International stage"
Luke Gale can’t wait for the World Cup experience: “It’s a huge honour to have been selected to represent my country in the Rugby League World Cup. 2017 has been an amazing year and I’m really looking forward to getting out to Australia and joining up with the England boys.”
Tigers head coach Daryl Powell looking forward to seeing his players pull on the England jersey: “I am absolutely delighted that two of our players are in the England World Cup squad for the tournament in Australia. Mike McMeeken has been consistently excellent in the back row for us this season and has got a great chance of cementing myself as an international player. Luke Gale has been sensational throughout the season and is already an established England International with a great opportunity to do something special with England in the World Cup.”
Powell added: “I would like to wish both players and of course England all the best in the World Cup, I’m sure they will do a great job and bring the trophy home. It would certainly be fantastic for Rugby League in this country if they do.”
England Head Coach Wayne Bennett, said: “Selecting the final 24 with the help of my coaching staff was tough and that was down to the effort and performances of many players throughout the season. The competitiveness of Super League and NRL and knowing the goal of playing for your country in a World Cup has made many raise their game and become better athletes.
“We had to put the disappointment of the Four Nations behind us quickly and the meetings that followed that tournament set out what was required to be successful in the World Cup. Everyone has fully bought into this and we can’t wait to get started.”
England Rugby League World Cup 24-man squad (number of caps, professional and community club in brackets):
John Bateman (6, Wigan Warriors, Bradford Dudley Hill)
Kevin Brown (6, Warrington Wolves, Thatto Heath Crusaders)
Sam Burgess (18, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)
Thomas Burgess (14, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)
Ben Currie (0, Warrington Wolves, Golborne Parkside)
Luke Gale (4, Castleford Tigers, Middleton Marauders)
James Graham (33, St George Illawarra Dragons, Blackbrook)
Ryan Hall (32, Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)
Chris Heighington (5, Cronulla Sharks, Umina Bunnies)
Chris Hill (19, Warrington Wolves, New Springs Lions)
Josh Hodgson (11, Canberra Raiders, East Hull)
Jonny Lomax (4, St Helens, Orrell St James)
Jermaine McGillvary (6, Huddersfield Giants, Deighton Juniors)
Mike McMeeken (1, Castleford Tigers, Staines Titans)
Sean O’Loughlin (18, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)
Mark Percival (3, St Helens, Halton Farnworth Hornets)
Stefan Ratchford (2, Warrington Wolves, Wigan St Patricks)
James Roby (26, St Helens, Blackbrook)
Scott Taylor (2, Hull FC, Skirlaugh)
Alex Walmsley (0, St Helens, Dewsbury Celtic)
Kallum Watkins (20, Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion)
Elliott Whitehead (10, Canberra Raiders, West Bowling)
Gareth Widdop (21, St George Illawarra Dragons, King Cross)
George Williams (5, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)
England’s World Cup schedule is as follows:
Friday, October 20: Pre-tournament – England v Affiliated States (nib Stadium, Perth)
Friday, October 27: Opening game of RLWC – England v Australia (AAMI Park, Melbourne)
Saturday, November 4: England v Lebanon (Allianz Stadium, Sydney)
Sunday, November 12: England v France (nib Stadium, Perth)
All of England’s Rugby League World Cup matches will be broadcast live on the BBC.