England Academy coach Dave Elliott has named his 17-man squad to take on France Under-18s in La Reoule, France, tomorrow (Saturday May 25, 4.30pm).
The Academy squad made the journey across the Channel earlier this week and will be hoping to emulate the success of the England Youth team at Easter by defeating their French counterparts.
Elliott has retained six players from the 2012 tour of Australia in his starting line, including Wigan Warriors half-back pairing George Williams and Ryan Hampshire while Leeds Rhinos forward Jordan Baldwinson will captain the side.
"We know France will be strong and we're expecting a very physical game," said Elliott. "French sides at this level have continued to improve over recent seasons and the majority of their players have come through good youth systems at Catalan Dragons.
"But we have some very talented players in this group and I am confident that they will be able to put together the sort of performance that is required to get a good result.
"Travelling to a different country and contending with different cultures and food is a big learning experience for a lot of these lads and gives the players a great introduction to the kind of challenges they will face at Super League and senior international level."
England Academy squad v France in La Reoule (professional and community clubs in brackets):
1 Lewis Tierney (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)
2 Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)
3 Jake Connor (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal) 4 Thomas Minns (Leeds Rhinos, Whinmoor Warriors)
5 Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge)
6 Ryan Hampshire (Wigan Warriors, Normanton Knights)
7 George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge)
8 Ryan Sutton (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)
9 Nathan Conroy (Bradford Bulls, West Bowling)
10 Ben Sutton (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats) 11 Jordan Baldwinson (C) (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)
12 Oliver Roberts (Bradford Bulls, Siddal)
13 Rob Lever (Wigan Warriors, Pilkington Recs)
14 Jack Miller (Huddersfield Giants, Smallthorne Panthers) 15 Elliot Minchella (Leeds Rhinos, Siddal)
16 Tom Walker (Warrington Wolves, Broughton Red Rose)
17 Bobby Tyson Wilson (Hull FC, West Hull)
Leeds Rhinos, Jet2holidays and Red Hot World Buffet held a successful rugby camp at Hunslet Warriors last week when over 80 kids met Rhinos stars Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Carl Ablett, Liam Sutcliffe and Ben Jones Bishop. Visit www.leedsrugbyfoundation.org for all the details'
Rhinos and England star Jamie Jones-Buchanan has praised the club's faithful supporters for their efforts in helping get the team over the line for victory at Salford. With time running out, Leeds had a goal line drop out and were under pressure but JJB said the roar from the travelling section at the AJ Bell Stadium played a huge part in getting the win.
Leeds Rhinos kept up the pressure on St Helens at the top of the First Utility Super League with a hard earned 22-18 win over Salford Red Devils thanks to tries from Zak Hardaker, Kallum Watkins, Carl Ablett and Stevie Ward.