Jamaica name squad for first-ever Rugby League World Cup

Drew Darbyshire
Ashton Golding Jamaica World Cup SWpix

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Huddersfield trio Ashton Golding, Michael Lawrence and Kieran Rush headline the Jamaica squad ahead of their first-ever Rugby League World Cup.

The Reggae Warriors became the first Caribbean nation to qualify for a Rugby League World Cup after they beating Canada and the United States.

Jamaica are in a group alongside New Zealand, Ireland and Lebanon for the tournament, which is held in England.

Golding, Lawrence and Rush are the only Super League players included in the Jamaican 24-man squad.

Workington winger Alex Young, the brother of England hopeful Dom Young, is one of four newcomers in the Jamaica squad alongside Bradley Ho (Keighley), AJ Wallace (Bradford) and Rush.

There six players from Jamaica’s domestic competition, all from Duhaney Park Red Sharks, who recently won the National Club Championship Grand Final for the 14th time in 16 seasons.

Jamaica head coach Romeo Monteith said: “We are excited to mix it with the best players in the world and everyone is ready to give their all.

“We encourage all Jamaicans at home and abroad to rally behind this team and join us on what should be a terrific as well as historic journey.”

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Jamaica squad for World Cup:

Greg Johnson (Batley)

AJ Wallace (Bradford)

Aaron Jones-Bishop (Cornwall)

Ross Peltier (Dewsbury)

Keenen Tomlinson (Dewsbury)

Chevaughn Bailey (Duhaney Park Red Sharks)

Khamisi Mckain (Duhaney Park Red Sharks)

Andrew Simpson (Duhaney Park Red Sharks)

Marvin Thompson (Duhaney Park Red Sharks)

Renaldo Wade (Duhaney Park Red Sharks)

James Woodburn-Hall (Halifax)

Ashton Golding (Huddersfield)

Michael Lawrence (Huddersfield)

Kieran Rush (Huddersfield)

Bradley Ho (Keighley)

Mo Agoro (Keighley)

Abevia McDonald (London Skolars)

Joel Farrell (Sheffield)

Ben Jones-Bishop (Sheffield)

Joe Brown (Workington)

Alex Young (Workington)

Jacob Ogden (York)

Jordan Anrade (Unattached)

Jy-Mel Coleman (Unattached)

Jamaica will get their World Cup campaign underway against Ireland at Headingley on October 16.

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