Leeds, Wigan and Warrington provide 17 of the new 37-man England Knights squad named this morning.
Earning call-ups are Leeds’s Harry Newman, Huddersfield’s Oliver Wilson, Hull’s FC’s Josh Bowden, and London’s Jordan Abdull and Rob Butler, while Mick McMeeken, Joe Greenwood and Robbie Mulhern have dropped down from the Elite squad.
The Knights will face Jamaica in a friendly at Headingley in October.
Knights head coach Paul Anderson said: “It’s important that we revise the Knights squad on the basis of 2019 form, and it’s good that the guys now have the focus of the Jamaica game.
“All five new faces have earned their call-ups with their club performances in 2019 – Jordan Abdull and Rob Butler for London Broncos, Josh Bowden for Hull FC, Harry Newman for Leeds and Oliver Wilson for Bradford and Huddersfield.
“Harry and Oliver have moved quickly from the Academy squad who did so well last winter to the Knights set-up, and that’s exactly how we want our Pathways to work.
“There’s so much exciting young talent in the domestic game, and I’m really looking forward to working with this group for the rest of the 2019.”
A revised 27-man England Elite Performance Squad will be announced later today.
The Knights squad in full (listed with professional and community clubs):
- Alex Foster (Castleford Tigers, Wetherby Bulldogs)
- Mike McMeeken (Castleford Tigers, Staines Titans)
- Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers, Wetherby Bulldogs)
- Matt Whitley (Catalans Dragons, Bold Miners)
- Matt English (Huddersfield Giants, Stanley Rangers)
- Kruise Leeming (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal)
- Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants, Dewsbury Celtic)
- Oliver Wilson (Huddersfield Giants, Greetland All Rounders)
- Chris Atkin (Hull KR, Liverpool John Moores University)
- Robbie Mulhern (Hull KR, Normanton Knights)
- Josh Bowden (Hull FC, Hull Wyke)
- Masimbaashe Matongo (Hull FC, West Hull)
- Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)
- Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos, Newsome Panthers)
- Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)
- Cameron Smith (Leeds Rhinos, Lock Lane)
- Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)
- Jack Walker (Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds)
- Jordan Abdull (London Broncos, Skirlaugh)
- Rob Butler (London Broncos, Medway Dragons)
- Niall Evalds (Salford Red Devils, Siddal)
- Josh Jones (Salford Red Devils, Blackbrook Royals)
- Jack Ashworth (St Helens, Rochdale Mayfield)
- Matt Lees (St Helens, Rochdale Mayfield)
- Danny Richardson (St Helens, Halton Farnworth Hornets)
- James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity, Crigglestone All Blacks)
- Toby King (Warrington Wolves, Meltham All Blacks)
- Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves, York RUFC)
- Dec Patton (Warrington Wolves, Latchford Giants)
- Joe Philbin (Warrington Wolves, Culcheth Eagles)
- Danny Walker (Warrington Wolves, Rylands Sharks)
- Joe Bullock (Wigan Warriors, Blackpool Scorpions)
- Tom Davies (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)
- Joe Greenwood (Wigan Warriors, Saddleworth Rangers)
- Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)
- Dom Manfredi (Wigan Warriors, Leigh Miners)
- Sam Powell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)