Warriors stars keep places in England squad

Liam Farrell is congratulated after scoring for England against France at Leigh Sports Village

Liam Farrell is congratulated after scoring for England against France at Leigh Sports Village

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FIVE Warriors stars are in line to face New Zealand on Sunday after England coach Steve McNamara named an unchanged squad.

George Williams, Sean O’Loughlin, John Bateman, Liam Farrell and Sydney-bound Joe Burgess all played their part in last week’s 84-4 win over France and have been named in the squad to face the Kiwis in Hull.

Wigan scrum half Matty Smith misses out on selection, with George Williams keeping his place in the squad after impressing last week when he partnered Gareth Widdop in the halves.

And with full-back Sam Tomkins being ruled-out for the Series,Leeds’ Zak Hardaker will fill the full-back role - ending speculation of a reshuffle to accommodate both stars in the line-up.

England coach Steve McNamara said: ““We’ve set ourselves up to perform well in the four internationals that we’ve got and the French result, last week, was a good reflection of the way the team prepared and practised in the two weeks prior to it.”

Sunday’s game will be refereed by Ben Thaler, and kick off at the KC Stadium is at 5pm.

England 19-man squad to face New Zealand:

John Bateman, Joe Burgess, Thomas Burgess, Mike Cooper, Leroy Cudjoe, Liam Farrell, Brett Ferres, James Graham, Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Chris Hill, Josh Hodgson, Sean O’Loughlin, James Roby, Kallum Watkins, Ben Westwood, Elliott Whitehead, Gareth Widdop, George Williams