players Josh Charnley and Jack Hughes have been selected from the 30-man England operation team.

Winger Charnley, 27, is included for the first time considering switching codes straight back from union in 2018 after spending two years in Sale Sharks.

Super League’s top either side, St Helens and Warrington, all have six players included, while Castleford have four.

“I know the guys will probably be looking forward to getting together again in April,” head coach explained.

“We had a great year in 2018 with four wins out of five, three of them against the Ki.

“Hughes is one of a few players who have develop in to the EPS from the Knights squads that were picked this past year, that will be excellent to see”

The EPS will meet up in late April, if they’ll be combined by the England Knights development team, which is likely to be named on Tuesday.

You can find further meetings planned for August and September ahead of the Great Britain Lions tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea this fall and England’s participation from the League World Cup Nines at Sydney in October.

England elite performance team:

L Gale, A Milner, J Trueman, L Watts (all Castleford), S Tomkins (), J McGillvary (Huddersfield), J Connor, J Shaul, S Taylor (all Hull FC), Ep Mulhern (Hull KR), S Ward, K Watkins (equally Leeds), J Lomax, KR Makinson, M Percival, J Roby, L Thompson, A Walmsley (all St Helens), T Johnstone, Janin Lyne (equally Wakefield), J Charnley, D Clark, B Currie, C Hill, J Hughes, S Ratchford (all Warrington), O Gildart, J Greenwood, S O’Loughlin, G (all Wigan).


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