It’s True! Great Britain go with Trueman

Posted: Monday 14th October 2019 - 3:19 PM

The 20-year old has been a key first team player at Castleford Tigers in 2019 and helped his side to a playoff place, he was also nomianted for Young Player of the Year at this years Super League Awards after winning the accolade in 2018. 

Trueman has now been rewarded with a spot in the Great Britain squad however, he will not be joined by teammate Liam Watts who unfortunately misses out.

In total, 17 of the squad played in the Betfred Super League in 2019, with seven from the National Rugby League. One of those seven, James Graham, has been appointed captain.

Graham is the only member of the squad who has previously played for Great Britain, winning five caps in 2006-7 – although he has not represented the Rugby League Lions in the southern hemisphere, as all five appearances came at home. As he has since won a record 44 England caps, the 34-year-old is in line to complete a rare half century of Test caps this autumn.

“It’s very emotional for me," said Graham of the prospect of leading Great Britain for the first time. "It will have a history and tradition, and it’s something that resounds with the fans and our sport. They will be four incredibly difficult matches, but the difficulty rating was always going to be high. It’s a challenge for us, but as a group I think we’re going to grow into that challenge.”

Wayne Bennett, the Great Britain and England head coach, said of Graham: “No-one plays with more pride and passion than he does for his country, I can tell you.”

Of the selection more generally, Bennett added: “It was pretty tough actually, with a lot of players in contention. A couple of guys got injured and that’s taken a bit of the pressure off, and given a couple of other guys opportunities.

“I think we’ve got a pretty good squad which is more than representative of the best players in the game in England and Australia.”


Great Britain squad for 2019 Rugby League Lions tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea

(players listed with 2019 professional club, and community club)

James Graham (St George Illawarra Dragons, Blackbrook; captain)

Blake Austin (Warrington Wolves, Doonside Roos)

John Bateman (Canberra Raiders, Bradford Dudley Hill)

Tom Burgess (South Sydney, Dewsbury Moor)

Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves, Fryston Warriors)

Jake Connor (Hull FC, Siddal)

Lachlan Coote (St Helens, Windsor Wolves)

Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)

Zak Hardaker (Wigan Warriors, Featherstone Lions)

Jackson Hastings (Salford Red Devils, Western Suburbs Red Devils)

Ryan Hall (Sydney Roosters, Oulton Raiders)

Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves, New Spring Lions)

Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders, East Hull)

Jack Hughes (Warrington Wolves, Golborne Parkside)

Josh Jones (Salford Red Devils, Blackbrook)

Jonny Lomax (St Helens, Orrell St James)

Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants, Deighton Juniors)

Joe Philbin (Warrington Wolves, Culcheth Eagles)

Luke Thompson (St Helens, Bold Miners)

Jake Trueman (Castleford Tigers, West Bowling)

Alex Walmsley (St Helens, Dewsbury Celtic)

Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders, West Bowling)

Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons, Kings Cross)

George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)


Great Britain Tour Schedule (all matches live on BBC TV)

Saturday October 26: v Tongan Invitational XIII (Hamilton)

Saturday November 2: v New Zealand (Eden Park, Auckland)

Saturday November 9: v New Zealand (Christchurch)

Saturday November 16: v Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby)


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