Six Warriors named in England World Cup squad

Sam Tomkins - one of six Warriors in the England World Cup squad
Sam Tomkins - one of six Warriors in the England World Cup squad
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SIX Wigan players have been included in England’s World Cup squad.

Sean O’Loughlin, Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley, Liam Farrell, Lee Mossop and Mike McIlorum have all made the cut.

And in a further boost, the Wigan Oberver reports today that O’Loughlin’s scan results on an Achilles injury have returned positive news.

The tear has healed, and he is now in contention for Saturday’s Grand Final, though coach Shaun Wane said he was still a major doubt.

England RL coach Steve McNamara and his coaching staff today named a 24-man squad for the Rugby League World Cup 2013 taking place in England and Wales including two players uncapped at international level – South Sydney Rabbitohs twin brothers George Burgess and Tom Burgess.

Alongside the uncapped duo, third Burgess brother Sam is in the squad for the first time since 2010. It is the first time that three brothers have been selected in an England squad.

Leeds Rhinos Kevin Sinfield will lead a squad looking to become the first home nation’s team to win the World Cup since 1972, when Great Britain edged Australia in the final league placings.

The Rhinos and Wigan Warriors have the biggest representation with six players each. Souths, who play in the Australian premier competition the NRL, have three representatives and Super League Grand Finalists Warrington Wolves two. The other clubs represented are Canterbury Bulldogs, Castleford Tigers, Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC, Melbourne Storm, St Helens and Widnes Vikings (one each).

England Rugby League coach, Steve McNamara, said: “After three years of excellent preparation and the success of the England Elite Training programme during that period, we are ready for the Rugby League World Cup 2013.

“We are fully aware that the Rugby League World Cup 2013 will be fiercely contested and that this squad will need to work extremely hard and play to a very high level to win the tournament and we believe we have selected a squad capable of doing just that.

“As we have seen in previous tournaments, we will need all members of the squad ready to step up and make vital contributions and we feel that all 24 players have the ability to do that.

“To have a World Cup on home soil is a massive opportunity for the sport and I hope the public will turn up in their numbers and show their support for England.”

England begin their preparations with a training camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa. The majority of the squad travel to South Africa on Wednesday (October 2) with the remaining players, involved in the Super League Grand Final, joining up on Monday October 7.

England have a warm-up game against Italy on Saturday October 19 at the Salford City Stadium (kick off 4.30pm) with the England Knights also in action on the same day against Samoa (kick off 2.00pm).

England start their Rugby League World Cup 2013 campaign on Saturday October 26 when they take on Australia at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (2.30pm).

Their other group matches are:

England v Ireland, Saturday November 2, John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield (2.30pm).

England v Fiji, Saturday November 9, KC Stadium, Hull (2.30pm).

Tickets for the Rugby League World Cup 2013 are available now at or call the 24-hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.

The England squad for the Rugby League World Cup 2013 (professional club and community club shown):

Carl Ablett, Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Parkside

Tom Briscoe, Hull FC, Featherstone Lions

George Burgess, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor

Sam Burgess, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor

Tom Burgess, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor

Rob Burrow, Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions

Josh Charnley, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks

Rangi Chase, Castleford Tigers, Dannevirke Tigers

Leroy Cudjoe, Huddersfield Giants, Newsome Panthers

Liam Farrell, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks

James Graham, Canterbury Bulldogs, Blackbrook

Ryan Hall, Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders

Zak Hardaker, Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions

Chris Hill, Warrington Wolves, New Spring Lions

Gareth Hock, Widnes Vikings, Wigan St Judes

Michael McIlorum, Wigan Warriors, Queens

Lee Mossop, Wigan Warriors, Hensingham

Sean O’Loughlin, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks

James Roby, St Helens, Blackbrook

Kevin Sinfield (captain), Leeds Rhinos, Waterhead

Sam Tomkins, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks

Kallum Watkins, Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion

Ben Westwood, Warrington Wolves, Normanton

Gareth Widdop, Melbourne Storm, King Cross