Former Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors forward Jerome Guisset is one of eight players from Super League newcomers Les Catalans in the 18-man French squad, which also includes burly Toulouse second-rower Sebastien Raguin, who was man of the match in this year’s Challenge Cup semi-final defeat by Leeds Rhinos.
France are coached by former Wigan Warriors boss John Monie, who got off to a winning start with an 80-0 win over Russia in the European Nations Cup last weekend.
England: Mathers (Leeds Rhinos); Calderwood (Leeds Rhinos), Reardon (Bradford Bulls), Sykes (London Broncos), Gardner (St Helens); Thorman (Huddersfield Giants, capt), Robinson (Salford City Reds); Crabtree (Huddersfield Giants), Alker (Salford City Reds), Wood (Warrington Wolves), Jones-Buchanan (Leeds Rhinos), Radford (Bradford Bulls), Charles (Salford City Reds). Subs (from): Mark Gleeson (Warrington Wolves), Bennett (St Helens), Griffin (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Westwood (Warrington Wolves), Lynch (Bradford Bulls).
France (from): Guigue (Catalans), Zitter (Barrow), Hermet (Villeneuve), Couturier (Hull KR), Charles (Villeneuve), Frayssinous (Catalans), Rinaldi (Catalans), Ferriol (Limoux), Berthezene (Catalans), Fellous (Catalans), Fakir (Catalans), Raguin (Toulouse), Mounis (Catalans), Guisset (Catalans), Moly (Carcassonne), Carrasco (Villeneuve), Greseque (Pia), Innes (St Gaudens).