04th December 2018


Senior twins named in England Academy squad to face Australia Schoolboys

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Huddersfield duo Innes and Louis Senior have been called up to the England Academy squad to face Australian Schoolboys. The twin brothers, who made their senior Super League debuts for the Giants in 2018, will play in a two match series against the tourists.

Callum McLelland and Muzzi Mustapha have also been called into a 22-man squad, which begins at the Leigh Sports Village this Saturday afternoon (2pm kick-off).

Both players impressed in the Yorkshire Academy team beaten 30-22 by the tourists in Castleford last week, and join their Leeds Rhinos team-mates Corey Johnson, Harry Newman, Louis McConnell, Owen Trout and Tom Holroyd in the England squad – with all seven therefore in with a chance of representing their country on home territory with the second international coming at Emerald Headingley on Friday week, December 14.

Wigan have five players in the 22 – Ethan Havard, Harry Smith, James McDonnell, Joe Shorrocks and Morgan Smithies.

St Helens have four representatives – Jack Welsby, Jake Wingfield, Josh Simm and Tom Nisbet.

Cameron Scott is the only player selected from the City of Hull Academy after Hull FC’s Jack Brown and Hull KR’s Elliot Wallis were not considered because of injuries.

The squad is completed by three players from clubs who will play in the Betfred Championship in 2019 – Ben Davies and Sam Walters of the Widnes Vikings, and Oliver Wilson of the Bradford Bulls.

Dave Elliott, the former Warrington forward who has been involved in the England Academy set-up since 2010, said: “Games against the Australian Schoolboys are always special, and we’re all really looking forward to what’s coming up in the next couple of weeks.

“The Aussies are a strong, athletic and talented group, as always. But Yorkshire and Lancashire both acquitted themselves really well in their games against the Australians in the last week or so, and I’m excited about the talent and the ability we’ve got in our England squad.

“We’d said that places in the squad were still available for lads who produced performances in those games. In Callum’s case it was more a question of seeing him play rugby league again after his time in Scottish rugby union, and Muzzi Mustapha was outstanding.

“It’s always exciting to bring together a group of lads from different clubs – that experience alone makes Academy internationals like this really valuable in terms of the different experience it provides.

“The lads are also lucky to have a couple of outstanding coaches who have been released by their clubs to work with the squad in James Ford, who has done such a great job with York over the last couple of years, and Jamie Langley, who has made a terrific start to his transition from playing to coaching with London Broncos. I’m really enjoying working with both of them, and hopefully they’re also enjoying and benefiting from this experience.”

Langley has fond personal memories of junior internationals, having captained a team including the likes of Luke Robinson and Gareth Hock who claimed an historic series victory over the Schoolboys in 2002 under the coaching of the late Mike Gregory.

England Academy squad:

Ben Davies (Widnes Vikings), Cameron Scott (City of Hull Academy), Corey Johnson (Leeds Rhinos), Callum McLelland (Leeds Rhinos), Ethan Havard (Wigan Warriors), Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos), Harry Smith (Wigan Warriors), Innes Senior (Huddersfield Giants), Muzzi Mustapha (Leeds Rhinos), Jack Welsby (St Helens), Jake Wingfield (St Helens), James McDonnell (Wigan Warriors), Joe Shorrocks (Wigan Warriors), Josh Simm (St Helens), Louis McConnell (Leeds Rhinos), Louis Senior (Huddersfield Giants), Morgan Smithies (Wigan Warriors), Oliver Wilson (Bradford Bulls), Owen Trout (Leeds Rhinos), Sam Walters (Widnes Vikings), Tom Holroyd (Leeds Rhinos), Tom Nisbet (St Helens).


Heikki Kovalainen




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