Rugby League World Cup: England name Dom Young and Victor Radley in the squad

Victor Radley has won the NRL Grand Final twice with the Sydney Roosters
Dates: From October 15 to November 19
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Uncapped NRL-based duo Dom Young and Victor Radley have been named in England’s Rugby League World Cup squad.

Newcastle Knights winger Young, 21, and Sydney Roosters forward Radley, 24, are among six players in the 24-man squad who have not made their England debuts.

Coach Shaun Wane has selected five players from Super League champions St Helens and six from NRL clubs.

Hosts England, led by Catalan defender Sam Tomkins, open the World Cup against Samoa on Saturday 15 October.

France and World Cup debutants Greece are in Group A.

England play Fiji, semi-finalists at the last three World Cups, in a warm-up match at Salford’s AJ Bell Stadium on Friday 7 October before kicking off the home tournament eight days later at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park. .

The inclusion of Brisbane Broncos center Herbie Farnworth was revealed on Thursday, with the forward trio of Tom Burgess, Elliott Whitehead and Luke Thompson completing the rest of England’s contingent in Australia.

Lancashire-born Farnworth, 22, spent time at school with Manchester United before switching his focus to rugby league and moving to Australia to link up with the Broncos.

Dom Young
Dom Young has scored 18 tries in 26 NRL appearances since moving from Huddersfield Giants to Newcastle Knights.

Former Huddersfield Giants winger Young is another England-born prospect to dazzle and impress on the NRL stage, scoring 14 tries in 20 starts for the Knights this season.

He was eligible to represent Jamaica, who named his brother Alex in the World Cup squad, but Young confirmed earlier this month that he wanted to play for England.

Although born and bred in Australia, Radley qualifies for England through his father from Sheffield.

The loose forward has featured twice in the Sydney Roosters’ Grand Final victories.

There are also uncapped call-ups for Salford’s Andy Ackers and Marc Sneyd, who are being rewarded for helping the Red Devils to the Super League semi-finals, while Wigan’s Kai Pearce-Paul is the other player yet to be selected. protagonist in a match of the national team.

Huddersfield’s experienced Chris Hill has also joined for his third World Cup campaign with England.

It was confirmed on Thursday that St Helens’ Super League Grand Final winners Jonny Lomax and Mark Percival would not feature due to injury.

Injuries have already robbed Wane of more chances to be fit, including Saints’ Alex Walmsley and Leeds center Harry Newman, while Wigan’s Liam Farrell missed the home run with a knee problem and has not been selected.

Eight of Wayne Bennett’s finalist-winning teams in 2017 are included in the next World Cup, which was delayed by 12 months after Australia and New Zealand pulled out in 2021, citing “player welfare and safety concerns” linked to Covid-19. the pandemic

Wane was confirmed as Bennett’s successor in February 2020, but the impact of the pandemic on the sporting calendar has seen the former Wigan boss take charge of three games since his appointment.

“After so many conversations with the players over the last two years, it’s exciting to have all of us ready to go into camp at the World Cup on home soil,” Wane said.

“The mood in the players and staff is fantastic. Newcastle’s opening game against Samoa will be fantastic and I know the English rugby league fans and sporting public will be behind us.”

England team: Sam Tomkins (Catalans Dragons, captain), Andy Ackers (Salford Red Devils), Joe Batchelor (St Helens), John Bateman (Wigan Warriors), Tom Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Mike Cooper (Wigan Warriors), Herbie Farnworth (Brisbane ). Broncos), Ryan Hall (Hull KR), Chris Hill (Huddersfield Giants), Morgan Knowles, Matty Lees, Tommy Makinson (all St Helens), Michael McIlorum, Mike McMeeken (both Catalans Dragons), Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos), Kai Pearce-Paul (Wigan Warriors), Victor Radley (Sydney Roosters), Marc Sneyd (Salford Red Devils), Luke Thompson (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Kallum Watkins (Salford Red Devils), Jack Welsby (St Helens), Elliott Whitehead ( Canberra Raiders), George Williams (Warrington Wolves), Dom Young (Newcastle Knights).