October 10th, 2019

Austin called into England Nines Squad


Blake Austin has been called into the England squad for the Downer World Cup Nines in Sydney, replacing his Warrington Wolves’ team-mate Jack Hughes.

Hughes has a groin injury, although he remains hopeful of proving his fitness to join the four-match Great Britain tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea which follows the Nines.

Austin, who was born in Australia and has made a major impact in the Betfred Super League since joining Warrington from Canberra Raiders last winter, made himself available for England and Great Britain earlier this year after proving his eligibility through his family lineage.

Hughes, who captained England Knights in Papua New Guinea last autumn, was one of 11 members of the England Nines squad who have also been selected for the Great Britain squad – with the remaining 13 to be named on Monday, after the Betfred Super League Grand Final.

The squad will fly to Sydney on Saturday, 12 October.

Revised England squad for the Downer World Cup Nines

James Graham (St George Illawarra Dragons, captain), Blake Austin (Warrington Wolves), Tom Burgess (South Sydney), Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves), Jake Connor (Hull FC), Ryan Hall (Sydney Roosters), Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos), Reece Lyne (Wakefield Trinity), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Ryan Sutton (Canberra Raiders), Sam Tomkins (Catalans Dragons), Jake Trueman (Castleford Tigers), Liam Watts (Castleford Tigers), Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders), Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons), George Williams (Wigan Warriors)

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