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St Helens duo Jonny Lomax and Mark Percival have been left out of England’s 24-man World Cup squad due to injuries.
Lomax, man of the match against Leeds at Old Trafford, has been playing with a biceps injury since April.
Herbie Farnworth and Kallum Watkins will be included when manager Shaun Wane confirms his full squad on Friday.
World Cup hosts England kick off their postponed 2021 tournament against Samoa on Saturday 15 October.
Wane was already there failed to name St Helens’ Alex Walmsley in his squad A foot injury ruled him out of the domestic competition, and he will now be without two more players who have helped the Saints to an unprecedented four Grand Final victories in a row.
However, the inclusion of 22-year-old Brisbane Broncos center Farnworth offers some positive injury news for England.
Farnworth scored 10 tries in 12 appearances in the opening weeks of the NRL season for his Australian club but has not played since June after suffering a biceps injury.
The Lancashire-born center spent time at school with Manchester United before focusing on rugby league and moving to Australia as a teenager.
Salford-based Watkins, who can play in the center or second row, was in the England team that finished runners-up to Australia in 2017 under previous manager Wayne Bennett.
After opening the World Cup against Samoa at Newcastle’s St James Park, England will play further group matches against France and Greece.
They will play Fiji in Salford on Friday, October 7, in a warm-up match in the semi-finals of the last three World Cups.