Walker called up for England Academy squad
Leeds Rhinos star Jack Walker has joined Rhinos team mates Cameron Smith and Mikolaj Oledzki in the England Academy squad to face France after being called up by coach Lee Briers for the national team.
England Academy’s 22-man squad has been selected and will travel to France to play two Tests this October.
Head coach Briers and assistant Matty Peet have picked a strong side with plenty of experience, including, Walker, who has made ten first-team appearances in all competitions this year and Jacob Trueman, who scored a hat-trick on debut for Castleford Tigers against Wigan Warriors in the Super 8s.
The squad will fly out on Sunday, October 8 and play France Under-18s on Tuesday, October 10 (6.00pm) at Stade de la Mediterrannee, Le Barcares. The final Test will be a curtain-raiser to France v Jamaica on Friday, October 13 (5.00pm) at the home of Catalans Dragons, Stade Gilbert Brutus in Perpignan.
England Academy 22-man squad is as follows (professional and community club in brackets):
Bradley Pinder (Warrington Wolves, Thatto Heath Crusaders)
Caine Barnes (Wigan Warriors, Seaton Rangers)
Callum McLelland (Castleford Tigers, Lock Lane)
Calum Turner (Castleford Tigers, Lock Lane)
Cameron Scott (City of Hull Academy, Wyke)
Cameron Smith (Leeds Rhinos, Lock Lane)
Danny Walker (Widnes Vikings, Crosfields)
Harry Smith (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Judes)
Jack Brown (City of Hull Academy, East Hull)
Jack Walker (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)
Jacob Trueman (Castleford Tigers, West Bowling)
James Worthington (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Judes)
Joseph Shorrocks (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)
Joseph Brown (Wigan Warriors, Stanningley)
Luis Johnson (Castleford Tigers, Oulton Raiders)
Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)
Oliver Partington (Wigan Warriors, Orrell St James)
Owen Farnworth (Widnes Vikings, Chorley Panthers)
Robbie Storey (Castleford Tigers, West Hull)
Samuel Kibula (Wigan Warriors, Leigh Miners Rangers)
William Dagger (Warrington Wolves, Castleford Panthers)
William Oakes (City of Hull Academy, Eastmoor Dragons)