Two Saints named in u18s England squad

U19s coach Andy Kelly.
U19s coach Andy Kelly.
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England Academy coach Andy Kelly has included two Saints’ youngsters in his 19-man squad for the forthcoming game against France Under-18s at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington on Friday, May 27 (5.30pm).

They are teenage centre Rob Fairclough and prop Matty Lees, both 18.

Players will come together in a Warrington-based training camp from Wednesday, May 25, to prepare for the International Test which will be played before the First Utility Super League fixture between Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos.

Two points separated these teams last May when England Academy narrowly lost to France 30-28 at the Stade Albert Domec in Carcassonne.

Kelly said: “Preparations for this game are going well. The boys have been working hard all year and relationships are developing.

“Obviously the game against them in France last year didn’t go our way, but we learnt a lot on that trip and we know what needs to be done to get the desired result.

“This is a big opportunity for this squad to play at a Super League stadium in front of a large crowd.”

The England Academy squad for the 2016 Australia Tour will be announced at the beginning of June.