England Youth to face France in two-match series

Rugby League’s brightest young talent will take centre stage next month when England Youth face France in a two-match international series.

The action kicks off at Belle Vue, Wakefield, on Friday April 3 (2.00pm) and continues at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle in Castleford on Tuesday April 7 (2.00pm).

Nine Super League clubs are represented in England’s under-16s squad, which features six players from Wigan Warriors, five from Leeds Rhinos, three from Hull Kingston Rovers, three from Widnes Vikings, two from Huddersfield Giants, two from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and one each from Warrington Wolves, Castleford Tigers and St Helens

England Youth coach Shane Eccles said: “It was a tough job selecting the squad for the forthcoming games against France. With so much quality on offer now at Youth level I’m excited to see what these players are capable of.

“The lads will be going into camp at the end of March and we’ll be working hard on and off the field to get things right before that first match in Wakefield. We know the French will bring over a strong and physical team so our attitude and work rate will need to be 100 per cent to match this.

“I’m really looking forward to this series and I hope plenty of fans come out to see what a bright future Rugby League has in the players representing England Youth.”

England Youth (professional club and community club in brackets):
Alex Tankard (Warrington Wolves, Brighouse Rangers)
Alex Young (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)
Caine Barnes (Wigan Warriors, Seaton Rangers)
Cameron Smith (Leeds Rhinos, Lock Lane)
Chris Brown (Hull KR, West Hull)
Danny Walker (Widnes Vikings, Crosfields)
Declan O’Donnell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)
Dyson Nicholson (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)
Elliott Windley (Hull KR, West Hull)
Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos, Newsome Panthers)
Jacques O’Neill (Castleford Tigers, Askam)
Jake Wardle (Huddersfield Giants, Illingworth)
James Worthington (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Judes)
Jon-Luke Kirby (Huddersfield Giants, Eastmoor Dragons)
Kevin Brown (St Helens, Thatto Heath Crusaders)
Liam Walsh (Widnes Vikings, Halton Farnworth Hornets)
Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)
Oliver Partington (Wigan Warriors, Orrell St James)
Oliver Russell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Judes)
Owen Farnworth (Widnes Vikings, Chorley Panthers)
Owen Harrison (Hull KR, West Hull)
Samuel Kibula (Wigan Warriors, Leigh Miners Rangers)
Will Dagger (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Castleford Panthers)
Will Oakes (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Eastmoor Dragons)

See the stars of the future as England Youth take on France on Friday April 3 at Belle Vue, Wakefield (2.00pm) and on Tuesday April 7 at Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Castleford (2.00pm). This is a pay on the door event – £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.