THREE Saints players, Jonny Lomax, James Roby and Jon Wilkin, have been named in England coach Steve McNamara’s 32-man elite training squad.
The side will form the nucleus of the national team between now and the RL World Cup in 2013.
Saints will also have four players, Paul Clough, new boy Mark Flanagan,
Lee Gaskell and Gary Wheeler, in the England Knights set-up, but there is no place for Jamie Foster who was part of the squad in 2011.
Centre Michael Shenton, who has endured a torrid time with injury during the pre-season, is a notable absence from the squad.
McNamara said: “We have 14 matches lined up ahead of the 2013 World Cup and our aim now is to retain the current crop of players in both squad and realise our ambition to win the biggest and most prestigious trophy in the world.”
Naturally none of the overseas players, including former Saints prop James Graham, are involved at this stage, but McNamara is planning to jet over to
Australia in the near future to outline his plans personally.
The Exiles match, which proved extremely popular last year, is pencilled-in
for Saturday, June 16, and no doubt Saints will be keeping their fingers crossed that they are among the leading contenders to stage it.