Warriors in England action

Wigan's Logan Tomkins who is in the England Knights squad
Wigan's Logan Tomkins who is in the England Knights squad

AT least 11 Wigan players will be involved on England duty at the same venue this Saturday.

Five Warriors are included in Steve McNamara’s squad for a friendly against Italy, a week before their World Cup campaign begins.

And six players from the Cherry and Whites have been named in the second-string Knights squad. They take on Samoa, who could field Harrison Hansen in their ranks.

Logan Tomkins has been called into the Knights set-up - marking a good week for the brothers, with older brother Joel in the England RU set-up and Sam in the England RL team.

McNamara has announced a starting-line up for the game at Salford and will use seven players from an unlimited interchange bench for a match that is not being classed as a full international.

The only players not available to McNamara are Warrington second rower Ben Westwood, who is serving a one-match suspension for punching Blake Green in the Grand Final, and Wigan loose forward Sean O’Loughlin, who is still recovering from an injury-hit end to the domestic season with the double winners.

England: S Tomkins (Wigan); R Hall (Leeds), C Ablett (Leeds), L Cudjoe (Huddersfield), T Briscoe (Hull); R Chase (Castleford), Sinfield (Leeds, capt); J Graham (Canterbury Bulldogs), M McIlorum (Wigan), L Mossop (Wigan), L Farrell (Wigan), G Hock (Widnes), S Burgess (South Sydney).

Replacements: R Burrow (Leeds), J Roby (St Helens), J Charnley (Wigan), K Watkins (Leeds), G Burgess (South Sydney), C Hill (Warrington), G Widdop (Melbourne).

England Knights: T Makinson (St Helens); I Thornley (Wigan), J Jones (St Helens), Z Hardaker (Leeds), B Cockayne (Wakefield); Dan Sarginson (London Broncos), S Powell (Wigan); T Burgess (South Sydney), J Hodgson (Hull KR), S Taylor (Wigan), B Ferres (Huddersfield), E Whitehead (Catalan Dragons), D Crosby (Wigan).

Replacements: C Green (Hull), J Hughes (Wigan), M Lawrence (Huddersfield), K Dixon (London Broncos), B Singleton (Leeds), J Bowden (Hull), L Tomkins (Wigan)