06th July 2018


England Youth begin France tour

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Huddersfield Giants Scholarship star Kobe Poching has been called up to the England Youth squad for their two-match Test series against France next week.

The 22-man squad selected by England Youth Head Coach Danny Wilson features one change as Kobe Poching of Huddersfield Giants is selected to replace Nathan Clemmitt.

In a change to the previous fixtures, the side will now face France at the Stade de la Mer on Tuesday, July 10 and Friday, July 13.

They will also face Catalans Under 16s on Monday, July 16 at the Stade Gilbert Brutus.

All fixtures are scheduled to kick off at 6.00pm BST/7.00pm CEST).

Upon hearing the news, Giants Head of Youth Andy Kelly spoke to about the inclusion of Poching, who’s father Willie Poching featured under Kelly in the Super League:

“It’s really funny for me because I signed his dad when I was the Head Coach at Wakefield Trinity, he played in Super League and I can remember picking him up with Will, his older child, from the airport. To have his lad and be able to nurture him through is a funny feeling. Kobe is a good lad and has been around the game for a long time, which may sound daft, but it’s not really as from babe in arms he’s always watched and been present in games. He brings a real insight into the game and understands what he’s doing. He plays in a host of positions and acquits himself well to them all so it’s exciting for him, his family and the Club to see him progress. I think we’re unlucky to not have more in there. David Gibbons is in the England Youth side and I think Robson Stevens must have come really close to making the squad.”

England Youth 22-man Squad in full (Club, Community Club and High School):

Dean Beddall (Wigan Warriors, Crosfields, Sir Thomas Boteler High)

Kieran Brinning (Bradford Bulls, West Bowling, North Halifax High School)

Morgan Burgess (Warrington Wolves, Barrow Island, Furness Academy)

Nathan Carter (Castleford Tigers, Kippax Welfare, Kings High School)

Lewis Dodd (St Helens, Halton Farnworth Hornets, Wade Deacon)

Daniel Edwards (Bradford Bulls, Hunslet Warriors, Sherburn High School)

Jude Ferreira (City of Hull Academy, West Hull, Hull Collegiate)

Jacob Gannon (Leeds Rhinos, Siddal, Brooksbank)

David Gibbons (Huddersfield Giants, East Leeds, Corpus Christi College)

Brad Graham (Castleford Tigers, Oulton Raiders, Kettlethorpe High School)

Corey Hall (Wakefield Trinity, Sheffield Hawks, Ecclesfield High School)

Umlya Hanley (Wigan Warriors, Shevington Sharks, St Peters Catholic High School)

Ellis Longstaff (Wigan Warriors, Kippax Welfare, Crofton Academy)

Ben McNamara (City of Hull Academy, Skirlaugh, Pocklington)

Brad O’Neill (Wigan Warriors, Halton Farnworth Hornets, Bedford High School)

Kobe Poching (Huddersfield Giants, Shaw Cross, Horbury Academy)

George Roby (Warrington Wolves, Crosfields, Beamont Collegiate Academy)

Harry Rushton (Wigan Warriors, Shevington Sharks, St Aidan’s)

Harry Shackleton (Bradford Bulls, Hunslet Warriors, Rodillian Academy)

Josh Thewlis (Warrington Wolves, Waterhead Warriors, St Damians Science College)

Liam Tindall (Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds, Temple Moor High School)

Connor Wrench (Warrington Wolves, Crosfields, Kings Leadership Academy)


England Youth fixtures in full:

France v England Youth – Tuesday July 10 (KO 7.00pm CEST/6.00PM BST), Stade de la Mer

France v England Youth – Friday July 13 (KO 7.00pm CEST/6.00PM BST), Stade de la Mer

Catalans Dragons U16s v England Youth – Monday, July 16 (KO 7.00pm CEST/6.00PM BST), Stade Gilbert Brutus



Heikki Kovalainen




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