ENGLAND RL SQUAD.
I cannot believe some of the selections. Five players from Warrington!!!
Matty Ashton (Warrington Wolves), Joe Batchelor (St Helens), John Bateman (Wigan Warriors), Mike Cooper (Warrington Wolves), Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors), Ryan Hall (Hull KR), Matty Lees (St Helens), Michael McIlorum, Mike McMeeken (both Catalans Dragons), Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers), Tommy Makinson (St Helens), Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos), Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford (both Warrington Wolves), Sam Tomkins (Catalans Dragons, Captain), Alex Walmsley (St Helens), Jake Wardle (Huddersfield Giants), Kallum Watkins (Salford Red Devils), Jack Welsby (St Helens), George Williams (Warrington Wolves).
Started: 13th Jun 2022 at 14:29
And only two from Wigan, one of which together with Williams have not been the same players since they have come back from Australia.
Meanwhile inform Wigan players like Liam Marshall and Harry Smith are not even considered.
It make you wonder if Wane is after the Coaches job at Warrington if Powell is sacked!
Replied: 13th Jun 2022 at 14:52
Replied: 13th Jun 2022 at 15:25
Surprising that broady, and agree with owd codger that Marshall is the form winger, but not sure about Smith just yet.
Just shows the dearth of home grown players in Rugby League in this country.
I noticed that Leigh had only 7 out of 17 English players last night against Featherstone.
Summats wrong innit!
Replied: 14th Jun 2022 at 08:16
If Lewis Dodd of St Helens who has had less first team experience than Harry Smith was not injured, he would have been in the squad as he was selected by Wane in his original selection a while ago.
As for foreign players, it is getting as bad as football!
And the reason in Rugby League is loopholes like "federated trained players" ( whatever that that means), players married to a British Male/Female passport holder and also players who have been resident here for a small number of years being exempt from what is supposed to be a quota of just four foreign players.
Should just be four non British passport holders!
Replied: 14th Jun 2022 at 11:36