Shaun Wane names 19-man England squad for World Cup opener

Shaun Wane Sam Tomkins

England boss Shaun Wane has named his 19-man squad for the World Cup opener against Samoa at Newcastle’s St James’ Park. 

Sam Tomkins, who did not feature in the 5-0 win over Fiji, has been named and will enjoy his first taste of World Cup action since 2013.

Ryan Hall has not been included, hinting a starting spot for Newcastle Knights winger Dom Young. Tommy Makinson is expected to line up on the other wing.

Salford hooker Andy Ackers also misses out, while John Bateman will serve his final match ban. Joe Batchelor and Mikolaj Oledzk have not been included in the 19-man squad. 

George Williams, Marc Sneyd and Jack Welsby have all been named by Wane for Saturday’s opening fixture. The clash kicks off at 2:30pm and will be broadcast live on BBC One.

Kaiser Chiefs will be the headline act as part of the official Tournament Welcome event on Saturday.

Shaun Wane names England 19-man squad

1 Sam Tomkins (Catalans Dragons, Capt.) 

2 Tommy Makinson (St Helens) 

3 Kallum Watkins (Salford Red Devils) 

4 Herbie Farnworth (Brisbane Broncos) 

6 Jack Welsby (St Helens) 

7 George Williams (Warrington Wolves) 

8 Tom Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs) 

9 Micky McIlorum (Catalans Dragons) 

10 Luke Thompson (Canterbury Bulldogs) 

11 Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders) 

13 Victor Radley (Sydney Roosters) 

14 Dom Young (Newcastle Knights) 

15 Morgan Knowles (St Helens) 

16 Matty Lees (St Helens) 

17 Mike Cooper (Wigan Warriors) 

18 Chris Hill (Huddersfield Giants) 

20 Mike McMeeken (Catalans Dragons) 

21 Marc Sneyd (Salford Red Devils) 

24 Kai Pearce-Paul (Wigan Warriors) 

Samoa name squad

Samoa boss Matt Parish has also confirmed his squad for the opener.

1 Joseph Suaalii

3 Izack Tago

4 Stephen Crichton

5 Brian To’o

6 Jarome Luai

7 Anthony Milford

8 Josh Papalii

9 Danny Levi

10 Junior Paulo

12 Jayden Su’a

13 Josh Aloiai

14 Tyrone May

16 Spencer Leniu

17 Martin Taupau

18 Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow

20 Chanel Harris-Tavita

22 Kelma Tuilagi

23 Oregon Kaufusi

24 Braden Hamlin-Uele

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9 Comments

  1. I’d have gone with Welsby at full back, Dom Young on the wing, and drop Tomkins to the bench. Welsby has been a revelation at full back in a confident winning St Helens team. I’d put Kai Pearce-Paul in the centre with Kallum Watkins now able to slot in from the interchange almost anywhere on the pitch. The same with Tomkins, able to step in as fresh creative talent to change a game.

  2. I’d have gone with Welsby at full back, Dom Young on the wing, and drop Tomkins to the bench. Welsby has been a revelation at full back in a confident winning St Helens team. I’d put Kai Pearce-Paul in the centre with Kallum Watkins now able to slot in from the interchange almost anywhere on the pitch. The same with Tomkins, able to step in as fresh creative talent to change a game.

  3. Really ? Hill over the hill , micky mac not fit to do the full 80 & KPP over Batchelor …..I see Wigan coloured glasses there . Do Waney & Tompkins not watch any other team other than Wigan . No Oledsk , no Batchelor & no Watkins . Your a CLOWN WANE .

    • In the biblical sense Yes , however he’s never played for Wigan & my point is he’s in a great run of form & twice as fit as micky who’s a liability , unfit & no idea .

  4. Looks like Wigan OLD Boys reunion, to me, don’t think mclorum will do any of his dirty tricks here Samoa will smash him, tomkins loud mouth passenger,ackers and Welby in hot form an no place, go back where you came from wane

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