HAVE YOUR SAY: Who is the most unfortunate player not to have a place in England’s World Cup squad?

Love Rugby League wants to know who you think is the most unfortunate player not to have a place in England’s World Cup squad. 

Wayne Bennett confirmed his 24-man England squad that he will take to the 2017 Rugby League World Cup this autumn.

The Three Lions squad is as follows: John Bateman (Wigan Warriors), Kevin Brown (Warrington Wolves), Sam Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Tom Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves), Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers), James Graham (St George Illawarra Dragons), Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos), Chris Heighington (Cronulla Sharks), Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves), Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders), Jonny Lomax (St Helens), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Mike McMeeken (Castleford Tigers), Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan Warriors), Mark Percival (St Helens), Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves), James Roby (St Helens), Scott Taylor (Hull FC), Alex Walmsley (St Helens), Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos), Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders), Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons), George Williams (Wigan Warriors).

And from the Elite Performance Squad, Brisbane Broncos boss Bennett had to tell 10 players that they didn’t make the cut for the England World Cup squad.

Joe Burgess, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Greg Eden, Liam Farrell, Zak Hardaker, Tommy Makinson, Paul McShane, Michael Shenton and Stevie Ward were the Elite Performance Squad members to miss out while Sam Tomkins also wasn’t included in the squad.

And if you put them 11 players in a select XIII on paper, it would definitely be challenging for trophies.

There has been a lot of mixed opinions shared on social media this week about England’s squad selection but we want to know who you think is the most unfortunate player to not get a place on the Three Lions’ plane to the 2017 Rugby League World Cup this autumn.

So, who is the most unfortunate English player not to be going to the World Cup? Let us know in the comments below.


  1. Can’t believe with the young British forwards on show in the grand final , we couldn’t have picked one more instead of a 35 year old Australian in Chris heighington , weres the future in that
    Give the job to Daryl Powell do us all a favour

  2. Greg Eden and Paul McShane should definitely be in the squad both for versatility, try scoring and form throughout the season..a travesty that they aren’t!!

  3. Paul mcShane, definitely unlucky, Eden and Shenton also. Four wire players? Who languished in the qualifyiers.
    Do we not pick on form?
    Not happy with Chris Heighington (Cronulla Sharks) being selected over good British forwards, which we gave an abundance of.
    Ah well, you can’t please everyone!

  4. Matty ashurst has been huge for wakefield this year and some of the selections are just an insult Paul mcshane best 9 by a country mile and my team waky have not one player in after the fantastic season we have had joke !!

  5. Pulling on the Hill FC shirt continues to be a bar re-election for England. As usual St Helens are over represented. It seems the Jersey you pull on matters more than how you plsy. I’m a Rovers fan, if I can see it surely others can too.

  6. Can’t believe some of the names that’s on the squad of the English team when you look at the season some of these players have had we are a laughing stock Kevin brown Chris hill Ryan hall and young ben from Warrington who’s not played most of the season and then you look at the names that should be there like Eden Jamie s from hull I could go on all day with this but hill brown are the worst picks hill as done nothing since mozz and carvel left Warrington JOKE !

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