Ashton and Godwin Named in England Squad

England Rugby League have named a 20-man train-on squad, including Warriors Chris Ashton and Wayne Godwin, to begin preparations for this autumn’s 2006 Federation Shield tournament.

The English will be facing a challenge from France, Samoa and Tonga in international Rugby League’s newest tournament and it will be their first competition under the management of new head coach Paul Cullen from Warrington Wolves.

Graeme Thompson, the RFL’s Performance Director, said: “Selection for the England squad represents a major step along the international career performance pathway for these players.

“The Federation Shield will provide the players with a competitive environment in which they can experience a higher grade of international Rugby League.

“Their inclusion is recognition that not only are they important as far as England are concerned for the Federation Shield but also in respect of further international honours, including the 2008 World Cup”.

In addition to the 20-man train-on squad, England will be bolstered by the arrival of players from the present Great Britain training squad and a England squad for the Federation Shield tournament will be selected following the engage Super League Grand Final on Saturday, October 14.

The 20-man England training squad is:

  1. Chris Ashton, Wigan Warriors
  2. Ryan Atkins, Wakefield Wildcats
  3. Ryan Bailey, Leeds Rhinos
  4. Chris Bridge, Warrington Wolves
  5. Kevin Brown, Huddersfield Giants
  6. Andy Coley, Salford City Reds
  7. Eorl Crabtree, Huddersfield Giants
  8. Ewan Dowes, Hull FC
  9. Brett Ferres, Bradford Bulls
  10. Mark Gleeson, Warrington Wolves
  11. Wayne Godwin, Wigan Warriors
  12. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Leeds Rhinos
  13. Rob Purdham, Harlequins RL
  14. Lee Radford, Hull FC
  15. Luke Robinson, Salford City Reds
  16. Jamie Rooney, Wakefield Wildcats
  17. Nick Scruton, Leeds Rhinos
  18. Lee Smith, Leeds Rhinos
  19. Ben Westwood, Warrington Wolves
  20. Danny Williams, Leeds Rhinos

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