Warriors five hold onto their spots

George Williams in action last Sunday
George Williams in action last Sunday

FIVE Wigan players have been named in England’s squad to face New Zealand on Saturday.

Coach Steve McNamara has named an unchanged 19-man squad for the game at London’s Olympic Stadium.

That means Sean O’Loughlin, Liam Farrell, George Williams, John Bateman and NRL-bound Joe Burgess look likely to hold onto their places in the matchday 17.

England defeated New Zealand 26-12 in last week’s opening international at KC Stadium, Hull, and victory on Saturday in the first rugby leeague match to be played at the home of the 2012 London Olympics will see the national side record their first series victory over southern hemisphere opposition since 2007, when Great Britain defeated the Kiwis 3-0.

Around 45,000 tickets hace been sold for Saturday’s match - kick-off 2.30pm - and Wigan’s DW Stadium has sold out for the third Test the week later.

England 19-man squad to face New Zealand is as follows (professional club and community club in brackets):

John Bateman (Wigan Warriors, Bradford Dudley Hill)

Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge)

Thomas Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)

Mike Cooper (St George Illawarra Dragons, Latchford Albion)

Leroy Cudjoe (Huddersfield Giants, Newsome Panthers)

Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)

Brett Ferres (Huddersfield Giants, Smawthorne Panthers)

James Graham (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, Blackbrook)

Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)

Zak Hardaker (Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions)

Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves, New Spring Lions)

Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders, East Hull)

Sean O’Loughlin, captain (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)

James Roby (St Helens, Blackbrook)

Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion)

Ben Westwood (Warrington Wolves, Normanton Knights)

Elliott Whitehead (Catalans Dragons, West Bowling)

Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons, King Cross)

George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)