England Knights name squad as Scotland confirm World Cup warm-up fixture

Josh McAllister
England Knights Lewis Murphy

Scotland will face England Knights as part of their World Cup warm-up schedule on Saturday, October 8, in Edinburgh.

It’s Scotland’s first confirmed fixture ahead of this year’s tournament, where they will feature in Group B alongside Australia, Fiji and Italy. The clash will take place at Myreside, 1:30pm, and will be Scotland’s first match on home soil since the Bravehearts’ 86-0 win against Serbia in 2019.

Myreside, home of Rugby Union side Watsonians RFC, is in the centre of Edinburgh. The fixture will see the men’s side return to the capital city having more recently played in Glasgow and Galashiels.

Head coach Nathan Graham said: “Having a ‘pre-World Cup camp’ in Edinburgh before heading down to Newcastle gives our squad an extra four days to get together. There will be a few new faces in the mix, so it will give them a chance to integrate and make our group as tight-knit as ever.

“Launching our World Cup campaign in Scotland will culminate in a warm-up game against England Knights. Without being able to have a meaningful mid-season international, I felt that we needed a tough game to kick us off and Paul Anderson’s team will certainly provide that.

“It will give us the opportunity to go through some team stuff and try out some different combinations, which will enable us to fine tune our structure and get some cohesion going.”

England Knights name latest squad

Meanwhile, England Knights head coach Paul Anderson has confirmed his latest performance squad ahead of this year’s international calendar.

The Knights will also face France ‘B’ in Bordeaux on Saturday October 1 before heading to Edinburgh. Anderson has promoted four young talents from the Super League to his squad. 

Wakefield flyer Lewis Murphy has been named for the upcoming fixtures this autumn. Huddersfield forwards Owen Trout and Oliver Wilson, and Leeds’ Cameron Smith, have all also been included.

England Knights squad: Jake Trueman (Castleford), Matt Whitley (Catalans), Jack Broadbent (Featherstone), Matty English , Will Pryce, Owen Trout, Oliver Wilson (all Huddersfield), Jack Brown, Jordan Lane (Hull FC), Mikey Lewis, Jez Litten (Hull KR), Morgan Gannon, Tom Holroyd, Cameron Smith, Liam Tindall (all Leeds), Jon Bennison, Jake Wingfield (St Helens), Lewis Murphy (Wakefield), Ellis Longstaff, Josh Thewlis, Danny Walker, Connor Wrench, Matty Nicholson (all Warrington), Ethan Havard, Sam Halsall, James McDonnell, Brad O’Neill, Oliver Partington, Harry Smith, Morgan Smithies (all Wigan).

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