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England go for untried talent in France

03/06/2009 06:24:12 AM Comments (0)

England coach Tony Smith on Tuesday named three uncapped players in his squad for the Rugby League Test with France which is to be played in Paris on June 13.

The trio - Huddersfield's Scott Moore, Leeds' Ryan Hall and Wigan's Sam Tomkins - are in a squad which includes players from 11 different clubs and is a young one featuring 12 players who are aged 25 or under.

The squad will be captained by Leeds Rhinos forward Jamie Peacock.

It is a largely inexperienced one on the international stage with 12 players who were not involved in last year's World Cup in Australia including Huddersfield's Eorl Crabtree, Wakefield's Ryan Atkins and the Hull KR duo of Peter Fox and Shaun Briscoe.

"This is a squad featuring a lot of new and exciting faces as well as seasoned campaigners and gives a good blend of youth and experience," said Smith.

"It's a big team that is full of speed and skill and people who can score tries.

"The players are chosen from a number of Super League clubs. This I believe is a reflection of the form of some of the players and clubs at the moment and also underlines just how competitive Super League is this season.

"This game against France will also be about looking at a number of new faces to see how they perform on the international stage with one eye on this autumn's Four Nations."

As well as playing France in Paris, England will also face Bobbie Goulding's men in this autumn Four Nations tournament which also features Australia and World Champions New Zealand.

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