Warriors named in England squad will miss out

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JOE Burgess is among nine Wigan players named in England’s training squad for a mid-season camp - even though they won’t be able to take part.

John Bateman and Dan Sarginson, still 20, have also been included as the double-winners provide more than a quarter of the 34-man panel.

But the RFL admit the Warriors nine will be “unavailable” for a three-day camp at Loughborough because it clashes with Wigan’s Super League clash against Widnes on Wednesday, June 18.

The game - rearranged from the weekend when the Warriors played in the World Club Challenge - takes place on the third and final day of the camp, which is aimed to help England prepare for the Four Nations in Australia and New Zealand at the end of the year.

Wane said: “They won’t be going on it if they’re playing for me against Widnes. It’s that simple. They’ll be here with me. I want to win that game.

“If there’s someone injured and they can’t play (against Widnes), they can go on the camp, it’ll be good for them. I don’t want to affect Steve’s numbers. But my priority is this club.”

Matty Smith and Scott Taylor join World Cup stars Josh Charnley, Liam Farrell, Mike McIlorum and Sean O’Loughlin, taking Wigan’s contingent to nine - more than any other club.

McIlorum has been included despite off-field disciplinary problems during the last tournament, which led to the hooker apologising to McNamara to “clear the air”.

Though their involvement may be severely compromised by the fixture clash, the fact youngsters Burgess, Bateman and Sarginson, in particular, have won call-ups shows their performances have not gone unnoticed in Australia, where McNamara now works as assistant coach to Sydney Roosters.

McNamara will fly in to lead the camp, but NRL players such as ex-Wigan stars Sam Tomkins and Lee Mossop have not been included.

Salford duo Rangi Chase and Gareth Hock are the biggest name absentees. Both had said they had no intention of playing for England, at least while McNamara remains in charge.

“The camp is very important for us and I’m looking forward to working with all the players as a group again,” said McNamara.

“We have widened the net for this camp and the door remains open for every player in Super League: there are a lot of games remaining between now and the end of the season and a lot of opportunities for players to put themselves in contention for selection.”

The England mid-season training squad:

Daryl Clark, Craig Huby, Michael Shenton (Castleford Tigers), Elliott Whitehead (Catalan Dragons),

Leroy Cudjoe, Brett Ferres (Huddersfield Giants), Joe Westerman (Hull FC), Josh Hodgson (Hull KR), Carl Ablett, Tom Briscoe, Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Kevin Sinfield, Kallum Watkins, Jamie Jones-Buchanan (Leeds Rhinos), Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, James Roby, Alex Walmsley, Kyle Amor (St Helens), Chris Hill, Richard Myler, Stefan Ratchford, Ben Westwood, Chris Bridge (Warrington Wolves), John Bateman, Joe Burgess, Josh Charnley, Liam Farrell, Michael McIlorum, Sean O’Loughlin,

Dan Sarginson, Scott Taylor, Matty Smith (Wigan).