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England team to face New Zealand in Denver

England head coach Wayne Bennett has named two debutants in his side to face New Zealand on Saturday in Denver, kick off 9.10pm (BST).

Hull FC’s Jake Connor and St Helens’ Tommy Makinson have been named in the team for the mid-season Test in Denver, Colorado.

The squad includes twelve players who lost out to Australia in the World Cup Final last December whilst captain Sean O’Loughlin, Mark Percival and Stefan Ratchford were also part of the World Cup squad. St Helens prop Luke Thompson is the unfortunate player to miss out. Wigan half back George Williams has been ruled out due to a knee injury.

St George-Illawarra Dragons prop James Graham will make his 40th England appearance almost 10 years to the day since his first England appearance against France in June 2008. Of the current squad, James Roby and Sam Burgess also played in that game. Graham also has five caps for Great Britain.

26-year-old Makinson made his St Helens debut in 2011 and earned a deserved call up to the England Knights squad in 2013 following a prolific run of form for his club side. He has missed just one game this season for Saints, running in six tries for the current Betfred Super League leaders.

Jake Connor, 23, has been one of the outstanding players for Hull FC this season since his move from Huddersfield Giants. An ever-present for the black and whites, he is set to make his international debut having been promoted from the England Knights Performance Squad.

England v New Zealand will be played at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver on Saturday June 23 and fans in the UK can watch live from 9.10pm (BST) on BBC Two.

England Team for the Test Match against New Zealand in alphabetical order (Professional and Community club shown):

  • John Bateman (Wigan Warriors, Bradford Dudley Hill) Caps: 12 (4 tries)
  • Sam Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor) Caps: 22 (8 tries)
  • Thomas Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor) Caps: 20 (2 tries)
  • Jake Connor (Hull FC, Siddal) Caps: 0
  • James Graham (St George Illawarra Dragons, Blackbrook) Caps: 39 (3 tries)
  • Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders) Caps: 37 (34 tries)
  • Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves, New Springs Lions) Caps: 25
  • Jonny Lomax (St Helens, Orrell St James) Caps: 6
  • Tommy Makinson (St Helens, Wigan St Judes) Caps: 0
  • Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants, Deighton Juniors) Caps: 12 (12 tries)
  • Sean O’Loughlin (c) (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks) Caps: 23 (5 tries)
  • Mark Percival (St Helens, Halton Farnworth Hornets) Caps: 4 (2 tries)
  • Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves, Wigan St Patricks) Caps: 4 (2 tries)
  • James Roby (St Helens, Blackbrook) Caps: 31 (6 tries)
  • Scott Taylor (Hull FC, Skirlaugh) Caps: 3
  • Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders, West Bowling) Caps: 15 (4 tries)
  • Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons, Kings Cross) Caps: 27 (7 tries, 65 goals, 1 field goal)


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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

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