BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02: James Graham of England thanks the crowd after the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Final between the Australian Kangaroos and England at Suncorp Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

England have named eight debutant’s in their squad to face France.

Jamie Shaul, Tom Johnstone, Reece Lyne, and Oliver Holmes will start, while Adam Milner, Luke Thompson, Robbie Mulhern and Liam Sutcliffe will be on the bench.

Johnstone has scored 24 tries for Wakefield Trinity in the Betfred Super League this season, while Thompson helped St Helens lift the League Leaders’ Shield this year.

Milner was in the Castleford Tigers team which reached the Super League semi-finals.

The game against France will be England’s first on home soil since the final of last year’s World Cup.

The full England squad is listed below:

James Shaul (Hull FC)
Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity)
Reece Lyne (Wakefield Trinity)
Mark Percival (St Helens)
Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants)
Richie Myler (Leeds Rhinos)
Jake Connor (Hull FC)
James Graham (St. George Illawarra Dragons)
Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders)
Tom Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Oliver Holmes (Castleford Tigers)
Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders)
George Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Adam Milner (Castleford Tigers)
Luke Thompson (St Helens)
Robbie Mulhern (Hull KR)
Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos)



  1. Pretty average team.
    Still they would beat the Australian squad while one of the worst halfbacks in the game is on the field.
    Seriously how many times a day does the giraffe pleasure meninga to get picked for Australia.

    • Yeah they’ve been struck pretty hard by injuries and also Bennett maybe resting the Wigan players. They’ve seem to have gotten deeper in depth since he took over, which is a good thing.

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