Four Nations: Hall, Watkins and Gale retain places in England squad

Ryan Hall scores against New Zealand.
Ryan Hall scores against New Zealand.
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Leeds Rhinos’ Ryan Hall and Kallum Watkins and Luke Gale of Castleford Tigers have all retained their place in England’s initial squad to face Scotland on Saturday.

All three played the full game last weekend when England began their Ladbrokes Four Nations campaign with a 17-16 loss to New Zealand.

England coach Wayne Bennett has made two changes to his 19-man squad for the match at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena with St Helens centre Mark Percival and Hull prop Scott Taylor being called up.

Wigan’s George Williams and Liam Farrell, who were non-playing members of last week’s 19, are also included.

Williams is set to start at stand-off - alongside scrum-half Gale - in place of Gareth Widdop, who has been left out.

James Graham has a minor knee injury and is rested, but Bennett expects him to be back in contention to face Australia in London next week.

“We’re not going to make too many changes, but we also want to make sure most players in the squad get game time,” said Bennett.

Scotland were beaten 54-12 by Australia last week, but Bennett said: “We won’t be reading too much into that.

“They’re a good side with plenty of talent from Super League and the NRL in there. From what I saw, I thought they had a go last Friday and scored some decent tries.

“Just like every game we go into, we’re focused on our job and what needs to happen to come out on top.

“The boys are excited to play in Coventry at the Ricoh Arena and grow the game in the UK. I’ve heard it’s a fantastic facility and we’re looking forward to seeing all of the fans again.”

England’s 19-man squad is Bateman, G Burgess, S Burgess, T Burgess, Clark, Cooper, Farrell, Gale, Hall, Hill, Hodgson, Lomax, McGillvary, Percival, Sarginson, Taylor, Watkins, Whitehead, Williams.

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