Shaun Wane names first England training squad of 2022

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Lewis Dodd and Jack Welsby St Helens

Lewis Dodd (left) and Jack Welsby (right) celebrate Dodd's try

Head coach Shaun Wane has named his first England training squad of 2022.

England will continue preparations for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup – delayed from 2021 to 2022.

The former Wigan boss has named a 30-man squad. Emerging talents Lewis Dodd and Kai Pearce-Paul have been included. 38-times capped Hull KR winger Ryan Hall has also been named. 

2021 Man of Steel winner Sam Tomkins has been included alongside Catalans team-mate Tom Davies.

Seven uncapped players have been named.

Details of June’s mid-season international against the All Stars will be announced on Friday 4 March. England play Fiji in a World Cup warm-up match at Rochdale on Friday 7 October.

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Head coach Wane said: “It’s a massive year for us. A great opportunity that we must be well prepared for.

“We’ve looked at a number of things in putting this training squad together – form last year, performances in the All Stars and France games, pre-season training and discussions around up and coming young players.

“The players included for this first session need to look like England players and train like England players. We want something extra from them at this level.

“The younger players coming through are a real credit to Paul Anderson and Paul Sculthorpe on the performance pathway, club coaches and junior coaches too. To me it doesn’t matter whether you’re 17 or 37, if I think you can help us win a World Cup you’ll be in the squad.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of players and the ones not included at this stage know that they can.”

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England training squad

John Bateman, Liam Farrell, Zak Hardaker, Liam Marshall, Kai Pearce-Paul (Wigan Warriors) Daryl Clark, George Williams, Mike Cooper, Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves), Tom Davies, Sam Tomkins (Catalans Dragons), Lewis Dodd, Morgan Knowles, Matthew Lees, Jonny Lomax, Alex Walmsley, Tommy Makinson, Jack Welsby, Mark Percival (St Helens), Niall Evalds, Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers), Ryan Hall (Hull KR), Kruise Leeming, Harry Newman, Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos), Reece Lyne (Wakefield Trinity), Jermaine McGillvary, Jake Wardle (Huddersfield Giants), Dan Sarginson (Salford Red Devils).

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