England RL squad for France match

Steve McNamara has named his 19 players for the Gillette Fusion International Match on 12 June against France KO 17:15 at Leigh Sporting Village, Leigh.

Steve McNamara
Steve McNamara

The squad includes three uncapped players with perhaps the biggest surprise; Melbourne Storm full-back Gareth Widdop. Widdop, 21, is joined by Joel Tomkins of Wigan and Nick Scruton Bradford.

Gareth Widdop
Gareth Widdop
Joel Tomkins
Joel Tomkins
Nick Scruton
Nick Scruton

The 19 will go into camp on Monday to begin preparations for the France game, before the end-of-season Four Nations series in New Zealand and Australia.

McNamara said: (quote) The squad has a blend of experience and potential. (end quote)

Widdop, is one of three players flying over from Australia for the mid-season international – South Sydney’s former Bradford forward Sam Burgess and Wests Tigers second rower Gareth Ellis are the others.

Squad

C Bridge (Warrington), T Briscoe (Hull), S Burgess (South Sydney), K Eastmond (St Helens), G Ellis (Wests Tigers), J Graham (St Helens), R Hall (Leeds), S O’Loughlin (Wigan), D McGuire (Leeds), A Morley (Warrington), J Peacock (Leeds), J Roby (St Helens), N Scruton (Bradford), M Shenton (Castleford), K Sinfield (Leeds), J Tomkins (Wigan), S Tomkins (Wigan), B Westwood (Warrington), G Widdop (Melbourne).