Blake Austin replaces Jack Hughes in England squad for World Cup Nines

Drew Darbyshire

Photo courtesy of Richard Long

Blake Austin has replaced Warrington team-mate Jack Hughes in the England squad for the World Cup Nines.

The Australian-born half-back has made himself available for England and Great Britain as he qualifies because of his English grandmother.

Hughes has been ruled out of the Nines World Cup because of a groin injury, although he remains hopeful of proving his fitness to join the Great Britain Lions tour of the southern hemisphere after the Nines.

All matches at the Nines World Cup on October 18-19 will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Revised England squad for the World Cup Nines:

James Graham (St George Illawarra Dragons)

Blake Austin (Warrington Wolves)

Tom Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves)

Jake Connor (Hull FC)

Ryan Hall (Sydney Roosters)

Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos)

Reece Lyne (Wakefield Trinity)

Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants)

Ryan Sutton (Canberra Raiders)

Sam Tomkins (Catalans Dragons)

Jake Trueman (Castleford Tigers)

Liam Watts (Castleford Tigers)

Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders)

Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons)

George Williams (Wigan Warriors)

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