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Jon Wilkin to captain England side to face Exiles
1:16pm Monday 2nd July 2012 in Latest News
SAINTS packman Jon Wilkin will captain the England side facing the Exiles in Wednesday’s International Origin Game Two at the Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield, kick-off 7.45pm.
England coach Steve McNamara today confirmed debuts for Warrington Wolves utility back Stefan Ratchford while Danny Brough of Huddersfield Giants and Salford City Reds' Matty Smith will form a new-look half-back partnership, with Hull KR prop Scott Taylor starting from the bench.
Wilkin will partner Leeds Rhinos second row Carl Ablett with Jamie Jones-Buchanan of Leeds starting at loose forward.
“We have a young, hungry side that will take on the Exiles on Wednesday,” said national coach McNamara.
“We have made a number of changes from the first game and it is an exciting opportunity to see some real quality young players coming in and staking a claim for a regular place in the side.”
McNamara is also looking forward to see how Brough and Smith cut it at this level forming a new half-back combination.
“Matty (Smith) and Danny (Brough) really excite me,” added McNamara.
“They have been in tremendous form in the Stobart Super League and I know they have the ability to step up and perform at this level. They will complement each other’s skills and can form a devastating partnership.”
Tickets for the International Origin Series Game 2 fixture between England and the Exiles at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield, on Wednesday July 4 (7.45pm) cost from £21 (£10 concessions) and can be purchased through the RFL Ticket office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk England: Stefan Ratchford.
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