Ryan Hall and Luke Thompson to miss out on England’s quarter-final clash

Josh McAllister
Ryan Hall England

Ryan Hall and Luke Thompson have been left out of England’s 19-man squad to take on Papua New Guinea in the quarter-finals this weekend.

Hall, 34, took his World Cup try-scoring record tally to 14 in the 94-4 victory over Greece, making him the joint-second highest try-scorer in the tournament’s history alongside Jarryd Hayne. He has scored four tries in two games for England.

Prop forward Thompson, 27, has also not been included in the 19-man squad.  Ackers, 28, also misses out having played 80 minutes against Greece in the final group stage fixture.

Sam Tomkins returns and is expected to start. Trio Jack Welsby, George Williams and Marc Sneyd have also been included by head coach Shaun Wane.

Centre Herbie Farnworth and forwards Michael McIlorum and Elliott Whitehead return to the squad after missing last Saturday’s triumph over Greece.

Kallum Watkins also returns, having suffered a head knock in the victory over France in Bolton. Joe Batchelor and Mikolaj Oledzki are the final two to miss out.

Ryan Hall left out of England squad

England’s 19-man squad: 1. Sam Tomkins, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Herbie Farnworth, 6. Jack Welsby, 7. George Williams, 8. Tom Burgess, 9. Michael McIlorum, 10. Elliott Whitehead, 12. John Bateman, 13. Victor Radley, 14. Dom Young, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Matty Lees, 17. Mike Cooper, 18. Chris Hill, 20. Mike McMeeken, 21. Marc Sneyd, 24. Kai Pearce-Paul.

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