Wigan Warriors’ Sam Powell has been appointed captain for the England Knights international fixture against Jamaica at Emerald Headingley on Sunday afternoon.
The 27-year-old hooker/half is one of a handful of players in a new-look Knights squad who have been involved in the programme for the last two years, and played in both internationals on last autumn’s short tour of Papua New Guinea.
Paul Anderson, the Knights Head Coach, said: “Sam was one of our Vice Captains in PNG, and he’s an ideal man to step up and lead the team this year.
“He’s a senior man in a young squad with a lot of experience at the highest level, and he’s respected by all of the group.
“We’ve had a really good preparation for the game, including an excellent session with the Academy squad at Weetwood, which was really valuable to both teams.
“It’s a great weekend for the England Performance Unit with five of our six teams in action. We’re delighted to be part of that with the Knights, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the boys rip in against Jamaica.”
England Knights squad:
Jack Ashworth (St Helens), Josh Bowden (Hull FC), Rob Butler (London Broncos), Nial Evalds (Salford Red Devils), Joe Greenwood (Wigan Warriors), Toby King (Warrington Wolves), Kruise Leeming (Huddersfield Giants), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants), Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers), Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos), Mikolaj Oledzski (Leeds Rhinos), Oliver Partington (Wigan Warriors), Matt English (Huddersfield Giants), Sam Powell (Wigan Warriors), Danny Richardson (St Helens), Harry Smith (Wigan Warriors), Cameron Smith (Leeds Rhinos), Morgan Smithies (Wigan Warriors).