Declan Patton receives late call-up into England Knights squad

Warrington half-back Declan Patton has been handed a late call-up to the England Knights squad ahead of their tour of Papua New Guinea.

The 23-year-old, who made his second Grand Final appearances for the Wolves on Saturday, fills the place vacated by the withdrawal of St Helens’ Danny Richardson because of injury.

He becomes the sixth Warrington player in the 24-man squad, joining Toby King, Harvey Livett, Tom Lineham and Knights captain Jack Hughes.

The Knights will leave Manchester for Brisbane on Thursday, and will spend a week working at the Brisbane Broncos training base before moving on to Papua New Guinea, ahead of the internationals in Lae and Port Moresby.

They will be joined by Leeds Rhinos star Jamie Jones-Buchanan, having been appointed to the backroom staff to support head coach Paul Anderson as communications manager.

Knights squad to tour Papua New Guinea: Hughes (Warrington, captain), Atkin (Hull KR), Batchelor (Wakefield), Davies (Wigan), Evalds (Salford), Fash (Hull FC), Hadley (Hull FC), Handley (Leeds), Holmes (Castleford), T King (Warrington), Leeming (Huddersfield), Lees (St Helens), Lineham (Warrington), Livett (Warrington), Mulhern (Hull KR), Oledzki (Leeds), Patton (Warrington), Philbin (Warrington), Powell (Wigan), Shaul (Hull FC), Sutcliffe (Leeds), J Walker (Leeds), D Walker (Widnes), Whitley (Widnes).

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