Host of St Helens starlets named in Lancashire squad for Academy Origin series
Origin Academy returns to its three-match format this summer.
Origin Academy returns to its three-match format this summer following the enforced cancellation of the entire 2020 programme and a COVID-curtailed 2021.
Former Bradford and Saints’ prop forward Paul Anderson, who is head of the England Talent Pathway, said: “The return of a full Academy programme in 2022 is really beneficial to players, coaches, clubs and the game as a whole.
“This is how we identify and develop the players who have the potential to become elite performers on the domestic and international stage.”
England RL Academy is part of the RFL’s talent pathway, which also includes England Knights and the senior men’s squad.
Several members of the England squad named recently by head coach Shaun Wane are graduates of this pathway, including Leeds Rhinos’ trio Kruise Leeming, Harry Newman and Mikolaj Oledzki, Matty Lees of St Helens and Wigan Warriors’ Liam Marshall.
Lancashire 21 player squad: Joseph Baldwin (Wigan Warriors), McKenzie Buckley (St Helens), Jack Darbyshire (Warrington Wolves), George Delaney, Kalan Devine (both St Helens), Aiden Doolan (Warrington Wolves), Jacob Douglas (Wigan Warriors), Ben Hartill, Leon Hayes (both Warrington Wolves), Sam Haynes (St Helens), Harvie Hill (Wigan Warriors), Ben Lane, Ciaran Nolan (both St Helens), Richards Nsemba (Wigan Warriors) Will Roberts, Dayon Sambou (both St Helens), Jack Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos), Jake Thewlis, Nolan Tupea (both Warrington Wolves), Leunbou Bardyell Wells (St Helens), Max Wood (Wigan Warriors)