World Cup Nines: James Graham to captain England


Later this Season, former St Helens Ahead James Graham will captain England in the World Cup Nines in Sydney.

The St George Illawarra Dragons brace is just one of six NRL-based players at the squad, together with the rest coming from Super League.
Eleven of the celebration will remain on to take part in the four-match Great Britain tour of Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, such as Castleford Tigers half-back Jake Trueman.
Graham, 34, who obtained five Great Britain caps and initial captained England at 2010, is united in the Nines group by former Wigan Warriors Publish Ryan Sutton and his Canberra Raiders team-mate Elliott Whitehead.
There is also a call-up in the Nines along with the Lions squads for former Leeds Rhinos winger Ryan Hall – Englands listing try-scorer who now plays for Sydney Roosters – Warrington Wolves-bound Gareth Widdop along with Tom Burgess however there isnt any place for ex-Leeds captain Kallum Watkins, now with Gold Coast Titans.
Canberra-bound stand-off George Williams is the sole player in the Nines squad, which does not include any of the players out of Super League Grand Finalists Salford Red Devils and St Helens.
Its been confirmed that Hull FC utility back Jake Connor and Jack Hughes, Huddersfield Giants winger Jermaine McGillvary along with Warrington pair Daryl Clark will even stay on for the Great Britain tour.
Sam Tomkins, Reece Lyne, Ash Handley and Liam Watts are put on standby for the Lions, together with the complete 24-man traveling party to be announced on Monday week, even two days following the Super League Grand Final.
A variety of players, such as the Canberra pair of John Bateman and Josh Hodgson plus Warrington stand-off Blake Austin, were not considered for the Nines because of injury but are anticipated to be readily available for the Great Britain tour.
England have been drawn for its Nines tournament, which is played on October 18 and 19, at the new Bankwest Stadium, Sydney in the same group as Wales.
England team: James Graham, Gareth Widdop (equally St George Illawarra Dragons), Tom Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Daryl Clark, Jack Hughes (equally Warrington Wolves), Jake Connor (Hull FC), Ryan Hall (Sydney Roosters), Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos), Reece Lyne (Wakefield Trinity), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Elliot Whitehead, Ryan Sutton (equally Canberra Raiders), Sam Tomkins (Catalans Dragons), Jake Trueman, Liam Watts (equally Castleford Tigers), George Williams (Wigan Warriors).

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