Head coach Shaun Wane announced a 24-man squad for this year’s tournament as England won by one better than finishing runners-up in 2017; The hosts open RLWC2021 with a match against Samoa in Group A on Saturday, October 15 at Newcastle’s St James’ Park
Last updated: 30/09/22 10:42 am
Andy Ackers has been unexpectedly called up to the England Rugby League World Cup squad alongside Salford Reds teammate Marc Sneyd.
The 28-year-old, who started his career with the Swinton Lions and has also played for the London Broncos and Toronto Wolfpack, has been included in the national team by head coach Shaun Wane for the first time after playing a key role. Salford’s team reached the semi-finals of the Betfred Super League play-off.
Sneyd is a key player in the Reds’ innings in 2022 alongside Man of Steel Brodie Croft, and the former Castleford Tigers and Hull FC man added picks in the innings after the Jonny news. Lomax did not participate in the tournament due to a biceps injury.
Sydney Roosters striker Victor Radley, who announced his interest in playing for England earlier this year and is eligible to represent the team through his father, has also been given a spot in the squad. Wane’s 24 people.
There was also a reminder for Huddersfield Giants supporter Chris Hill – one of eight players involved in the 2017 World Cup – who has not featured for England since playing in all three games of the 2018 Test series. before New Zealand. He returns with St Helens striker Alex Walmsley absent through injury.
St Helens Finals winning duo Lomax and Mark Percival both were excluded from the tournament due to injury On the eve of Wane’s roster announcement, joining Saints teammate Walmsley and second-row Wigan Warriors Liam Farrell on the sidelines.
England face Fiji in a warm-up match at Salford’s AJ Bell Stadium on Friday, October 7 before opening this year’s World Cup against the talented Samoan side NRL in Newcastle on Saturday, May 15. ten.
The host country will also face France and World Cup first-teams Greece in Group A and are aiming to bring the World Cup back to these shores for the first time since the UK lifted the trophy. Cup in 1972.
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England Rugby’s 24-man World Cup squad
Sam Tomkins (captain), Andy Ackers, Joe Batc started, John Bateman, Tom Burgess, Mike Cooper, Herbie Farnworth, Ryan Hall, Chris Hill, Morgan Knowles, Matty Lees, Tommy Makinson, Michael McIlorum, Mike McMeeken, Mikolaj Oledzki, Kai Pearce-Paul, Victor Radley, Marc Sneyd, Luke Thompson, Kallum Watkins, Jack Welsby, Elliott Whitehead, George Williams, Dom Young.