England to play Combined Nations All Stars in June - date confirmed for mid-season World Cup warm-up
Betfred Super League clubs will be without their England players for a round of matches in June, when coach Shaun Wane’s side play the Combined Nations All Stars.
The World Cup warm-up game has been scheduled for Friday, June 25 and coincides with round 11 of Super League, which includes Leeds Rhinos’ visit to Salford Red Devils, Castleford Tigers at home to Catalans Dragons and Wakefield Trinity playing host to Wigan Warriors.
The latest England performance squad includes Leeds’ Luke Gale, Harry Newman and Ash Handley, Tigers’ Paul McShane and Tom Johnstone of Wakefield.
England’s wheelchair and women’s sides are also set to play that weekend, with details of their opposition being announced on Tuesday.
Combinated Nations All Stars are a revival of the Exiles sides who played England in mid-season Tests from 2011-13 and also the Other Nationalities teams, which date back to 1903 and last took to the field in 1975.
Any non-England players could be invited to take part, with the likes of Jamaica’s ex-Leeds and now Huddersfield full-back Ashton Golding and Leeds and Scotland stand-off Callum Mclelland likely to come into consideration.
The fixture will be the northern hemisphere equivalent of the NRL All Stars matches which have been played since 2010. A venue for the game was being announced by the RFL tomorrow (Tuesday).
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