Zak Hardaker and Oliver Gildart look set to start for Great Britain this Saturday.
Wigan 2020 recruit Jackson Hastings also included at seven in the Lions squad.
- George Williams named in the 21-man squad, outside of the 17.
Wigan Warriors’ Zak Hardaker and Oliver Gildart look set to start for Great Britain this Saturday as the Lions face a Tongan Invitational XIII in Hamilton.
Hardaker and Gildart, who have been named in the centres, will line-up alongside Wigan’s incoming recruit for 2020 and Man of Steel winner Jackson Hastings, who has been named at seven for the Lions.
Half-back George Williams has been named in the 21-man squad, but looks set to miss out on the 17-man matchday squad.
Ex-Wiganer John Bateman is also named in the 17, set to line-up alongside current Canberra Raiders teammate Elliot Whitehead at second-row.
James Graham is set to join one of Rugby League’s most exclusive clubs when he leads out Great Britain on Saturday.
The 34-year-old Liverpudlian prop is the only member of the 2019 Rugby League Lions to have played previously for Great Britain, having won his first five international caps wearing the blue and red V in 2006-7.
Since then, he has earned a further 44 caps for England – meaning he will win his 50th Test cap this weekend.
The game against the Tonga Invitational XIII - Great Britain’s first appearance on the international Rugby League stage since 2007, and the start of a four-match tour which continues with two Tests against New Zealand and one against Papua New Guinea - was confirmed as having full international status at last week’s meeting of International Rugby League in Sydney.
Fans can catch coverage of the first tour fixture on BBC Two from 7:30am-10:30am and highlights on BBC One from 1:15pm (repeated on BBC Red Button from 5:30pm).
Great Britain 21-man squad:
- Lachlan Coote (Windsor Wolves, St Helens)
- Jermaine McGillvary (Deighton Juniors, Huddersfield Giants)
- Zak Hardaker (Featherstone Lions, Wigan Warriors)
- Oliver Gildart (Wigan St Patricks, Wigan Warriors)
- Ryan Hall (Oulton Raiders, Sydney Roosters)
- Gareth Widdop (Kings Cross, St George Illawarra Dragons)
- Jackson Hastings (Western Suburbs Red Devils, Salford Red Devils)
- Chris Hill (New Springs Lions, Warrington Wolves)
- Josh Hodgson (East Hull, Canberra Raiders)
- Luke Thompson (Bold Miners, St Helens)
- John Bateman (Bradford Dudley Hill, Canberra Raiders)
- Elliott Whitehead (West Bowling, Canberra Raiders)
- James Graham (c) (Thatto Heath, St George Illawarra Dragons)
- Josh Jones (Blackbrook, Salford Red Devils)
- Tom Burgess (Dewsbury Moor, South Sydney Rabbitohs)
- Jonny Lomax (Orrell St James, St Helens)
- Alex Walmsley (Dewsbury Celtic, St Helens)
- Jake Connor (Siddal, Hull FC)
- Jack Hughes (Golborne Parkside, Warrington Wolves)
- George Williams (Wigan St Patricks, Wigan Warriors)
- Daryl Clark (Fryston Warriors, Warrington Wolves)
The Tongan Invitational XIII squad has also been named, and features a number of notable names for Super League fans.
The side includes Ben Murdoch-Masila (Warrington Wolves), Tuimoala Lolohea (Salford Red Devils) and Konrad Hurrell (Leeds Rhinos).
Wigan fans may also recall Daniel Tupou and Sio Siua Taukeiaho who all lined up for Sydney Roosters in the 2019 World Club Challenge at the DW Stadium in February.
Tonga Invitational XIII:
- Will Hopoate
- David Fusitu’a
- Michael Jennings
- Kotoni Staggs
- Daniel Tupou
- Tuimoala Lolohea
- Ata Hingano
- Andrew Fifita
- Siliva Havili
- Sio Siua Taukeiaho ©
- Ben Murdoch-Masila
- Manu Ma’u
- Jason Taumalolo © Interchange (from):
- Sione Katoa
- Addin Fonua-Blake
- John Asiata
- Sitili Tupouniua
- Junior Tatola
- Konrad Hurrell
- Tesi Niu
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