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Josh Jones and Niall Evalds selected in England Knights squad

Wigan and Huddersfield each have three newcomers in the 34-man England Knights Performance Squad announced today.
Dom Manfredi, who scored two tries in Wigan’s Betfred Super League Grand Final victory over Warrington last autumn, is joined by fellow winger Liam Marshall and Blackpool-born former Barrow forward Joe Bullock – lifting the Warriors’ representation in the KPS to five, as Tom Davies and Sam Powell are also included after impressing on the Knights tour of Papua New Guinea last autumn.
Matt English, Adam O’Brien and Darnell McIntosh are the three Huddersfield newcomers, meaning the Giants also have five players in the squad as Kruise Leeming and Oliver Roberts retain their places after call-ups last year.
Salford’s experienced second-row Josh Jones, the young St Helens forward Jack Ashworth, Castleford’s Gloucestershire-born forward Alex Foster and Leeds Rhinos’ Cameron Smith are the other four newcomers.
Warrington Wolves have the most players in the squad with six, followed by Leeds, Wigan and Huddersfield with five each.
The squad is completed by three players from St Helens, three from Castleford, two from each of Salford and Hull FC, plus James Batchelor of Wakefield Trinity, Hull KR’s Chris Atkin, and Matt Whitley of the Catalans Dragons.
The KPS will join the 30-man England Performance Squad at their first get-together of the season next month, and will hold a number of other meetings and training sessions in the remainder of the year – with at least one home fixture being planned for this autumn, when the senior Great Britain squad are on tour in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
Paul Anderson, the England Knights head coach, said: “We think this is an exciting group of players, all of whom know from their selection that they are very much in the thoughts of the England coaches.
“Involvement in the Knights set-up gives them the chance to impress, as has been shown by the England debuts made by so many players from the KPS last year, and the inclusion in this year’s England Performance Squad of Robbie Mulhern and our 2018 captain Jack Hughes.
“The trip to Papua New Guinea last year was such a memorable trip for all of us but also a massive benefit both physically and mentally as we develop elite level players for future tournaments, building towards the 2021 and 2025 World Cups.”

 England Knights Performance Squad in full:

Alex Foster (Castleford Tigers, Wetherby Bulldogs)

Oliver Holmes (Castleford Tigers, Normanton Knights)

Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers, Wetherby Bulldogs)

Matt Whitley (Catalans Dragons, Bold Miners)

Matt English (Huddersfield Giants, Stanley Rangers)

Kruise Leeming (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal)

Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants, Dewsbury Celtic)

Adam O’Brien (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal)

Oliver Roberts (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal)

Chris Atkin (Hull KR, Liverpool John Moores University)

Dean Hadley (Hull FC, Skirlaugh)

Masimbaashe Matongo (Hull FC, West Hull)

Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)

Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)

Cameron Smith (Leeds Rhinos, Lock Lane)

Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)

Jack Walker (Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds)

Niall Evalds (Salford Red Devils, Siddal)

Josh Jones (Salford Red Devils, Blackbrook Royals)

Jack Ashworth (St Helens, Rochdale Mayfield)

Matt Lees (St Helens, Rochdale Mayfield)

Danny Richardson (St Helens, Halton Farnworth Hornets)

James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity, Crigglestone All Blacks)

Toby King (Warrington Wolves, Meltham All Blacks)

Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves, York RUFC)

Harvey Livett (Warrington Wolves, Rylands Sharks)

Dec Patton (Warrington Wolves, Latchford Giants)

Joe Philbin (Warrington Wolves, Culcheth Eagles)

Danny Walker (Warrington Wolves, Rylands Sharks)

Joe Bullock (Wigan Warriors, Blackpool Scorpion)

Tom Davies (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)

Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)

Dom Manfredi (Wigan Warriors, Leigh Miners)

Sam Powell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)

The RFL restructure the England Performance Unit

The Rugby Football League today announced a restructure of the England Performance Unit which involves an expanded role for Paul Sculthorpe MBE, and contract extensions for Kevin Sinfield MBE and Jamie Peacock MBE.
Sculthorpe, the only man to win Super League’s Man of Steel award in consecutive years, has been appointed England Pathways Coach, meaning he will be working with all teams in the EPU and focusing on the country’s outstanding young players, from Junior Academy to Knights level – following his involvement in last autumn’s successful England Knights tour of Papua New Guinea.
Sinfield, who joined the RFL as Rugby Director in 2016 and has continued in that role since being appointed as Director of Rugby at Leeds Rhinos last summer, has committed to the RFL role until 2022 – after the Rugby League World Cup on home soil in 2021.
Peacock, another former England and Great Britain captain who has been working as the England team manager since July 2016, has also extended his agreement with the RFL until 2021.
Paul Anderson will be continuing as Knights head coach in a consultancy role after joining Warrington’s backroom staff since the end of last season, and the former Warrington forward David Elliott remains National Programme Manager and head coach of the England Academy team after the 2-0 series victory over the Australian Schoolboys last month.
Ben Jones, previously the Research and Innovation Manager, takes a new role as England Performance Director; Jane Phillips takes over as Head of England Operations; and Barry Frost continues as Head of Performance Analysis.
Further announcements about the England Women and Wheelchair coaching staff will be made later this year.
Ralph Rimmer, the RFL chief executive, said: “We created the England Performance Unit last January after proposals from Kevin Sinfield, and the results for 2018 speak for themselves.
“Our senior England men’s team won four games out of five Tests played, three of them against New Zealand.
“England Women had a big win in France – although we recognise that securing more international competition for them is a major priority for 2019 and beyond – and on one memorable Saturday in October, the Knights made it three wins out of three for our England teams when they won their first international in Papua New Guinea.
“That was followed by the superb performances of Dave Elliott’s England Academy team against the Australian Schoolboys.
“So it’s great to be able to announce the news that Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Paul Sculthorpe – three truly outstanding players of the Super League era – will retain key roles in the EPU, as we continue to build towards hosting the Rugby League World Cup in 2021.
“We recognise there is a need for clarity about international fixtures for all our national teams – men’s, women’s and wheelchair – and rest assured we are working hard behind the scenes to allow us to make further positive announcements as soon as possible.
“The EPU is delivering exactly as we had hoped, which is thanks to those involved and also the support of the clubs.
“We remain focused on success in the RLWC2021 and beyond, as we all understand the impact this can have for the sport in the UK – and are therefore delighted to have secured these key personnel on that journey.”
England Performance Unit 2019
England Rugby Director; Kevin Sinfield (Consultant)
England Performance Director; Ben Jones (Consultant)
Knights Head Coach; Paul Anderson (Consultant)
National Programme Manager; Dave Elliott (Employee)
England Pathways Coach; Paul Sculthorpe (Consultant)
Head of England Operations; Jane Phillips (Employee)
RFL Head of Coaching and Player Development; Dave Rotheram (Employee)
Performance Analysis; Barry Frost (Consultant)

International | Niall Evalds in England Knights squad for opener

England Knights head coach Paul Anderson has named 17 players who will take on Papua New Guinea in Lae this Saturday, October 27 (KO 6.00am BST).
Salford Red Devils full-back Niall Evalds is selected for Saturday’s opener after an impressive season which saw him finish as the Club’s top try-scorer.
Following their impressive displays for England Men’s Elite squad against France last week, Castleford Tigers’ second row Oliver Holmes, Liam Sutcliffe of Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR’s Robbie Mulhern are all included in the squad.
Knights Captain Jack Hughes is joined by Warrington Wolves’ team mates Toby King, Tom Lineham, Joe Philbin and Declan Patton, who was called up to the squad as a late addition.
Named as vice-captain alongside Mulhern, Wigan Warriors’ Sam Powell is joined by Grand Final winning winger Tom Davies in the side to take on the Kumuls this weekend.
Young Player of the Year nominee Matty Lees is also named Kruise Leeming of Huddersfield Giants. Hull KR half-back Chris Atkin and Wakefield Trinity’s James Batchelor.
Hull FC have two representatives in the side, loose forward Dean Hadley and utility forward Brad Fash.
On Thursday, the Knights fly to Lae for the first match against the Kumuls on Saturday, October 27 before moving to the capital Port Moresby where the teams meet again at the 15,0000-capacity Oil Search National Football Stadium on November 3.
England Knights squad to face PNG in full:

  1. Niall Evalds (Salford Red Devils)
  2. Tom Davies (Wigan Warriors)
  3. Toby King (Warrington Wolves)
  4. Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos)
  5. Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves)
  6. Chris Atkin (Hull KR)
  7. Declan Patton (Warrington Wolves)
  8. Robert Mulhern (Hull KR)
  9. Sam Powell (Wigan Warriors)
  10. Matthew Lees (St Helens)
  11. Oliver Holmes (Castleford Tigers)
  12. Jack Hughes (Warrington Wolves)
  13. Dean Hadley (Hull FC)
  14. Kruise Leeming (Huddersfield Giants)
  15. Joe Philbin (Warrington Wolves)
  16. James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity)
  17. Brad Fash (Hull FC)

International | Niall Evalds moves into the England Knights squad

Salford Red Devils fullback Niall Evalds has been selected for the England Knights squad ahead of their two-game series against Papua New Guinea.
Evalds finished the year as Salford Red Devils’ top try-scorer for the second consecutive season racking up an impressive 13 tries.
England Knights Head Coach Paul Anderson has called the 25-year-old fullback up in place of Wigan – and former Salford loanee – Oliver Gildart who has moved into the England side for the Autumn internationals against France and New Zealand.
Gildart moves into the England squad in place of an injured Sam Burgess while Warrington’s Tom Lineham has moved into the England Knights squad as a replacement for Castleford’s Greg Minikin who has withdrawn through injury.
Luke Gale has also pulled out of the England squad with a knee injury and a replacement will be named early next week before the one-off Test against France at Leigh Sports Village.
 
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Niall Evalds | “We need to keep tabs on him”

Salford’s Niall Evalds will face his hometown side this weekend and the England Knights fullback has pointed to one man who the Red Devils need to keep quiet. 
Evalds, sponsored by The Dog and Partridge, said: “Scott Murrell is their main go-to man. He controls everything for Halifax and we need to keep tabs on him for sure.
“His kicking will slow the game down, he’s always trying to find touch and kill momentum and it’s going to be an arm-wrestle.
“Hopefully, we’ll start stong because we know if we go into the game with the wrong attitude or the failure to start quickly that they can turn us over.
“The fans will get behind them and they’re a tough side to beat at home. We’ve got to remain composed and not try to score on every play, sometimes you’ve got to grind games out and I think that’s something we’ve done well so far in The Qualifiers.
“Our completion rate has got to be high and we’ve got to force some repeat sets if we’re not scoring.
“We’ve worked hard in training all week and we’ll go there confident we can claim another win.”
 
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Squad | Niall Evalds in 31-man England Knights Performance Squad

Niall Evalds has been named in the 31-man England Knights Performance Squad for the second phase of the season.  
The England Knights are set to travel to Papua New Guinea for two test matches later this season.
Head Coach Ian Watson said: “It’s fantastic that Niall has retained his place in the Knight squad for the second phase despite having a spell on the sidelines.
“I think it just shows the quality of player Niall is and how well he was playing earlier on in the season prior to his knock.
“He returned last weekend at Catalans and has been training really well in recent weeks so it’s now up to Niall to have a big end to the season and nail down a spot in the England Knights side.
England Knights Head Coach, Paul Anderson, said: “The return of England Knights has been welcomed this year and the KPS sessions have been hugely positive and valuable for the players involved.
“It’s great to be able to include new faces to the squad as we head towards the end of the season and build towards the two matches against Papua New Guinea on tour.”

Squad | Niall Evalds out with a broken leg

Salford Red Devils can confirm that fullback Niall Evalds suffered a broken leg in last week’s game against Huddersfield Giants.
Evalds has been a standout performer for the Red Devils so far this season crossing for seven tries in all competitions so far in 2018. Evalds is also a member of the England Knights squad who are set to face Papua New Guinea at the end of the season.
Head Coach Ian Watson said: “Obviously losing Niall is a blow for us, he’s been terrific so far this season in attack and defensively with his backfield play.
“However, I’m confident with the players that I have at my disposal we can adjust and continue to perform while Niall is sidelined.
“This creates a chance for other players in the squad to now step in and grasp their opportunity with both hands.”

Squad | England Knights to face Papua New Guinea in two-game series

Today the Rugby Football League have confirmed that the England Knights will take on Papua New Guinea in a two-game series later this year.
The 24-man squad – which includes Salford Red Devils full-back Niall Evalds – will play against the Kumuls on Saturday 27th October in Lae before a second fixture in Port Moresby on 3rd November.
Following extensive planning alongside officials from Papua New Guinea, the squad will spend time at the state of the art training facilities of Brisbane Broncos in Australia before travelling to the island, where Rugby League is the national sport, for a two-game series against the 10th ranked side in the world who also progressed to the quarter-finals of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
Rugby Football League Interim Chief Executive, Ralph Rimmer, said: “The England Knights programme is an integral part of our vision for a successful national team in the next four years and beyond.
“We were determined that we would create meaningful games and experiences that would test this squad of players and travelling to the other side of the world, to one of the most passionate and avid Rugby League nations on the planet will certainly do that.
“We are absolutely committed to creating an environment and selection of fixtures that give us the best chance of winning the World Cup in 2021 and 2025 and I have spoken to the coaches and players involved in the England Performance Unit and I know that they are all incredibly excited about the opportunity to test themselves later this year.”
Following his selection Niall Evalds spoke to Salford Red Devils TV you can watch the full video below:

Niall Evalds selected for England Knights Squad

Salford Red Devils’ Niall Evalds has been selected as part of the England Knights Performance Squad following a terrific start to the 2018 Betfred Super League season.
Evalds has scored four tries in as many Betfred Super League games so far in 2018 and has been one of the standout performers for Salford Red Devils in the early stages of the season.
Niall Evalds (sponsored by The Dog and Partridge, Eccles) said: “It was a big surprise when I got the call last night – I didn’t expect it at all.
“When I told the misses and my family they were all real proud so it was a really good moment for me.
“I thought I had a good backend of last year. I didn’t play much at the start of the year but I worked my way back into the team and I’ve carried that over into this season.
“It’s one step at a time but that’s ultimately everybody’s goal to play for their country as much as this is a good step I still want to take that next one and time will tell.
“All I’m concentrating on is my form for Salford wherever I play whether that be wing or full-back.”
Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson said: “We are all really pleased for Niall which was met with a great response from the players when announced. This is a great accolade for both Niall and the Club.
“It’s great that Salford have managed to help develop a player from the academy through to an England Knights squad and hopefully this is the start for Niall and he will go on to make future international appearances.
“The commitment Niall has shown when in and out of the team has been testament to his character and the character that we embrace as a team here at Salford.
“His form has been shown this season with four tries in four games showing what a proven finisher he his and his utility value in being able to play in any of the outside back positions will prove to be an asset to his international career.”
Salford Red Devils Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease said: “We’re all truly delighted for Niall. He’s been playing brilliantly this season so far and has really earned his spot in the England Knights Performance squad.
“We secured Niall on a long-term deal last season and this has proved to be a fantastic move by the Club, I’ve always said that Niall is a very gifted player with a lot of natural ability and has that rare ability to score try’s from nowhere and from nothing.
“His support play also comes naturally and he has now got this selection for all his hard work and determination.”
The full squad is as follows: 
Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers), Jake Trueman (Castleford Tigers), Kruise Leeming (Huddersfield Giants), Josh Bowden (Hull FC), Jake Connor (Hull FC), Dean Hadley (Hull FC), Masimbaashe Matongo (Hull FC), Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Chris Atkin (Hull KR), Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos), Jack Walker (Leeds Rhinos), James Cunningham (London Broncos), Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors), Tom Davies (Wigan Warriors), Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors), Sam Powell (Wigan Warriors), Ryan Sutton (Wigan Warriors), Niall Evalds (Salford Red Devils), Danny Richardson (St Helens), Luke Thompson (St Helens), Reece Lyne (Wakefield Trinity), Jack Hughes (Warrington Wolves), Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings), Danny Walker (Widnes Vikings), Matt Whitley (Widnes Vikings).