Adrian Lam's call for 'common sense' with selection for England-All Stars game

Adrian Lam hopes “common sense” is applied to the selection for England’s game against the Combined Nations All Stars.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 9:48 am
Updated Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 10:04 am
Adrian Lam at the pre-season friendly at Salford

The June 25 international clashes with a full round of Super League fixtures, with Wigan facing Wakefield that weekend.

The All Stars will draw on the tradition of the Other Nationalities, with players from all nations other than England available.

Moving away from an Exiles concept, which picked overseas players, opens up the talent pool for All Stars coach Tim Sheens to include, for example, players such as Wales' Regan Grace (St Helens) and France's Morgan Escare (Salford).

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But Lam has six players from overseas Willie Isa, Bevan French, Thomas Leuluai, Jai Field, Jackson Hastings and Mitch Clark, as well as four players in Shaun Wane's provisional England squad - Zak Hardaker, Oliver Gildart, Liam Farrell and John Bateman.

Lam said: “It’s a concern for every club.

“As a club, we've been supportive of this fixture (but) I think the RFL and Super League need to address the maximum number from both groups.

“I’m sure Shaun will do the right things in terms of if a player is already secured in the team...

"I hope they bring common sense into it.”

Hastings, interestingly, has represented Great Britain through his ancestry and made himself available for England, but Wane has not picked any overseas-born players. England-born props Brad Singleton and Liam Byrne have previously represented Ireland and could also play for the All Stars, although the former has indicated he wants to switch allegiances to Wane's side.