England confirm squad for Samoa Test
England head coach Wayne Bennett has selected his 17-man squad to take on Samoa in the Pacific Test on Saturday, May 6.
Bennett ahs included two debutants, Mike McMeeken and Chris McQueen.
McMeekan has been one of the in-form back-rowers in the English Super League for Castleford Tigers, while McQueen has impressed Bennett in camp and has been given a chance to stake a claim for a place in the World Cup squad following a stromng start to the season for the Gold Coast Titans.
The England side features seven players from the NRL, including James Graham, Sam Burgess, Josh Hogson and Chris Heighington who returns to the starting 17 for the first time since playing against the Kiwis in the 2011 Four Nations.
1. Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves, Wigan St Patricks)
2. Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants, Deighton Juniors)
3. Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion)
4. Zak Hardaker (Castleford Tigers, Featherstone Lions)
5. Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)
6. Kevin Brown (Warrington Wolves, Thatto Heath Crusaders)
7. Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers, Middleton Marauders)
8. Sam Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)
9. Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders, East Hull)
10. James Graham (Canterbury Bulldogs, Blackbrook)
11. Mike McMeeken (Castleford Tigers, Staines Titans)
12. Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders, West Bowling)
13. Sean O’Loughlin © (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)
14. Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves, New Springs Lions)
15. Chris Heighington (Cronulla Sutherland Sharks, Umina Bunnies)
16. Chris McQueen (Gold Coast Titans, Wynnum Manly Seagulls)
17. Thomas Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)