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england 24 man squad for autumn series

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Rangi Chase again? Really?

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Carl Ablett, Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Parkside

Ryan Atkins, Warrington Wolves, Stanningley

Tom Briscoe, Hull FC, Featherstone Lions

Sam Burgess, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dews bury Moor

Rob Burrow, Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions

Josh Charnley, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks

Rangi Chase, Castleford Tigers, Dannevirke Tigers

Leroy Cudjoe, Huddersfield Giants, Newsome Panthers

Gareth Ellis, Hull FC, Castleford Lock Lane

James Graham, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Blackbrook

Ryan Hall, Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders

Zak Hardaker, Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions

Chris Hill, Warrington Wolves, New Springs Lions

Gareth Hock, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Judes

Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Leeds Rhinos, Stanningley

Michael McIlorum, Wigan Warriors, Queens

Adrian Morley, Warrington Wolves, Eccles

Lee Mossop, Wigan Warriors, Hensingham

Richard Myler, Warrington Wolves, Halton West Bank

Sean O’Loughlin, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks

Kevin Sinfield, Leeds Rhinos, Waterhead

Sam Tomkins, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks

Kallum Watkins, Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion

Ben Westwood, Warrington Wolves, Normanton

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Made up that Chris Hill has made it. Totally deserved. I didn't think I'd see Morley in there again.

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Roby and McGuire are rested according to Code13 article.

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Melbourne Storm half-back Gareth Widdop, who played a pivotal role in his club’s Grand Final victory over Graham’s Bulldogs last Sunday, and Brisbane Broncos centre Jack Reed both miss out with shoulder injuries and will undergo surgery in the close season.

Other notable absentees include Huddersfield Giants prop Eorl Crabtree (shoulder), St Helens forward Jon Wilkin (shoulder and elbow) and Hull FC’s Danny Tickle (bicep). St Helens dynamic hooker James Roby is rested alongside Leeds half-back Danny McGuire.

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Doubtful Graham will feature in all honesty.

Barring the trio of Ablett, Jones-Buchanan and Chase, everyone else is pretty much in on merit, even if they are old-heads and Sinfield.

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i think looking at the overall squad most are picked on current form. apart from roby though who is being rested and wilkin maybe?, then a lack of st helens players shows their current predicament. not enough quality in their squad. however they still came 3rd in the table, does this show that the super league is still not strong enough. theres only about 6 sides represented from the english super league, surely this isnt good enough.

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can't believe that chase and ablett are in the squad, arguably 2 of the worst players this season. surely lomax and josh jones have done enough for a call up on merit this season , but there again the squad was selected by the worst coah that bradford bulls had in the past 25 years.

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I'm glad Wilkin is in. Hopefully, he'll cop for a few retributive clatter tackles.

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I'm glad Wilkin is in. Hopefully, he'll cop for a few retributive clatter tackles.

Misread the list. He isn't in. Booo!!!

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I'm glad Wilkin is in. Hopefully, he'll cop for a few retributive clatter tackles.

wilkin isnt in!

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We need a 7 and a kicking game. The forwards and 3/4 are just about talented enough to be competitive, but we have a desperate need for play makers. On that basis I would have picked Lomax and Brough ahead of Myler and Chase.

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chase has hardly played this season and when he has he has been distinctly below average. whereas lomax, brough etc etc have had excellent seasons.

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Not sure what Chase has done to warrant inclusion TBH. Perhaps its a case of him (SM) having to justify all the kerfuffle in the first place.

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chase has hardly played this season and when he has he has been distinctly below average. whereas lomax, brough etc etc have had excellent seasons.

Agreed, completely.

He is bonkers isn't he! Tempting fate I feel with the GF around the corner but Myler? Why?

Would love to see a young 3/4 line of Atkins, Watkins, Charnley and Hall

Tomkins chiming in

Then get Brough and Lomax that would be quite fun to watch.

Myler and Chase both running round like headless chickens without following any form of gameplan and zero kicking game.

Oh wait, we have Sinfield, all is ok?

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can't believe that chase and ablett are in the squad, arguably 2 of the worst players this season. surely lomax and josh jones have done enough for a call up on merit this season , but there again the squad was selected by the worst coah that bradford bulls had in the past 25 years.

ablett will be in because of his squad value as he can play anywere in the forwards and has not done a bad job at centre . some would say that ryan hall has had better service from ablett than he got from hardaker

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Sam Burgess as England captain? Would give a clear indication that they are looking to the future.

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not enough quality in their squad.

We have. We just haven't had enough quality in the coaching team. If a team plays like Saints played all season then the whole team is going to look rubbish. That style of play - if style is what it can be called - is down to Rush, not the players. Rush and Cunningham as coaching staff have overseen the slide backwards in almost every player. That is particularly noticeable in the young players, those whom he has actually chosen to play at all that is (as opposed to relegate to the u20s, leave cooling their heels on the bench or send out on loan).

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does it really matter who is in the squad .

if we cant beat the other teams with even average super league players then theres something very wrong with the game in this country

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The absence of Ben Jones-Bishop, Stefan Ratchford and Jonny Lomax depresses me - while the selections and omissions at half-back appear to show further evidence of a lack of consistency in McNamara's thinking.

It is easy to forget just how bad England's performance v Exiles really was - especially when considering the ramshackle nature of the latter's composition. Good players in form for their clubs were made to look utterly dreadful. Very few, if any, questions were asked of McNamara by what remains of the rugby league press...

Nothing is more important for the game in this country than a vibrant, exciting, successful England team. Steve McNamara appears to be a decent bloke but - and truly it gives me no pleasure to say this - he's shown nothing to suggest that England's fortunes are about to change for the better...

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The absence of Ben Jones-Bishop, Stefan Ratchford and Jonny Lomax depresses me - while the selections and omissions at half-back appear to show further evidence of a lack of consistency in McNamara's thinking.

Good point about Ratchford, suspect he will be in the Knight's setup, but surely this tournament was made for people like him, especially when our three-quarters hardly set the world on fire! Wasn't he one of the few bright lights in the Exiles games?

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What has happened to Chris Highington? Or is it due to injury?

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