Jackson Hastings and Zak Hardaker headline Great Britain squad for autumn tour

Drew Darbyshire

Jackson Hastings and Zak Hardaker have been included in the Great Britain squad for the Lions tour of the southern hemisphere this autumn. 

Hastings was born and raised in Australia but qualifies to play for England and Great Britain through his English grandmother.

Two other Australian-born players have been included – St Helens full-back Lachlan Coote and Warrington half-back Blake Austin, who qualify via family heritage.

Wigan full-back Hardaker has also been selected in the Lions side after being absent in previous Great Britain squads.

James Roby, Mark Percival, Morgan Knowles and Tommy Makinson have withdrawn from contention because of injury.

The Lions will face New Zealand twice, Tonga and Papua New Guinea this autumn.

Great Britain squad:

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)

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