Jamaica vs England Knights: What to watch out for in Friday’s international clash at Castleford


Jamaica lead coach Jermaine Coleman and Knights head coach Paul Anderson shake fingers on the conflict at Headingley in 2019

England Knights return to motion for the primary time in two years on Friday night after they tackle Jamaica at Castleford’s Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

The match, which doubles up as a testimonial for Castleford Tigers and Jamaica three-quarter Jordan Turner, is a chance for a few of Tremendous League’s most promising gamers to have the chance to check themselves in opposition to worldwide opposition.

It will likely be the primary time Jamaica have performed since a 38-6 defeat to the Knights at Emerald Headingley in 2019 as effectively, with the staff containing a mixture of Tremendous League, Championship and League One gamers because the Reggae Warriors construct in direction of their debut on the postponed Rugby League World Cup.

Right here, we check out what to regulate when the groups face off on Friday evening (kick-off 7.45pm)…

England’s eyes on 2025

Knights head coach Paul Anderson has named a 20-man squad for this conflict, which has a mean age of simply 21 and contains 5 youngsters.

Not solely that, however 10 of the squad have come by means of the England academy system and it’s hoped this crop of gamers will kind the spine of the squad representing the nationwide staff within the 2025 Rugby League World Cup.

Amongst these getting their first alternative with the Knights is Wigan Warriors second row Kai Pearce, the previous Croydon Hurricanes beginner who has made a big effect on Tremendous League within the 19 appearances he has made for the Cherry and Whites since making his debut final 12 months.

Kai Pearce-Paul is set to get an opportunity for England Knights

Kai Pearce-Paul is about to get a chance for England Knights

The 20-year-old has lengthy been in comparison with one in every of rugby’s superstars by his older brother Kameron, who performs for London Skolars, and is worked up to get his probability to point out what he can do in an England shirt.

“He is been saying that since I used to be younger, that I might be the subsequent Sonny Invoice Williams,” Pearce-Paul mentioned.

“I like to dump, the same type to Sonny Invoice. He is an important, nice participant – somebody I appeared as much as after I was younger.

“Coming in as a younger boy, I by no means anticipated to get so many video games. My coach believed in me and threw me right into a scenario the place it was all new, enjoying with the massive boys, however I felt like I went effectively.”

A part of the build-up to this match has seen the Knights prepare with the complete England squad at Headingley as Shaun Wane’s males put together to face France in a Check match in Perpignan on Saturday, October 23.

That subject session, Anderson believes, will show important in serving to the gamers relating to the time they make the step as much as senior worldwide honours.

“The Knights is about creating expertise, getting ready effectively and competing laborious,” Anderson mentioned. “My job is to organize gamers for the subsequent step, the senior worldwide staff, and the connectivity between the 2 squads is very large.

“By means of the Knights programme we’re investing in the way forward for England Rugby League, and though we have had a couple of accidents and promotions to the senior arrange it has created alternatives for others to return in and present what they’ll do.”

Jamaica goal to maintain constructing

Formally classed because the ‘dwelling’ staff for Friday’s contest, that is the primary of two internationals for Jamaica in 2021, with a first-ever Check match in opposition to Scotland at Featherstone’s Millennium Stadium on October 24 following this one.

Each matches will present important game-time for the Reggae Warriors, who have been getting ready to face 2008 winners New Zealand, Eire and Lebanon within the pool phases of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup earlier than the match was put again a 12 months.

In addition to testimonial man Turner, the squad incorporates Huddersfield Giants pair Ashton Golding and Michael Lawrence, and one other former Tremendous League participant in York Metropolis Knights winger Ben Jones-Bishop.

Golding and Lawrence might discover themselves up in opposition to one in every of their Giants team-mates in Will Pryce, who has Jamaican ancestry himself, and the 18-year-old son of former Nice Britain worldwide Leon is relishing the prospect of taking up Jamaica for a number of causes.

Michael Lawrence is one of the Super League stars in Jamaica's squad

Michael Lawrence is among the Tremendous League stars in Jamaica’s squad

“My dad’s grandad is Jamaican so he might have certified for them and sadly I simply miss on the market,” Pryce, who has proven loads of glimpses of his potential for Huddersfield in 2021, mentioned.

“I’ll give Bruno [Lawrence] some – I’ll attempt to pester him and Ashton and see what I can get out of them! We’ll see what occurs.”

Additionally included within the 21-man is Abevia McDonald, who performed within the nation’s home competitors for Liguanea Dragons and Excelsior Group School however has since moved to the UK to affix London Skolars.

Reggae Warriors head coach Romeo Monteith, who has completed a lot to assist the event of the game within the Caribbean nation, is now trying ahead to seeing how his facet fare in opposition to England’s up-and-coming gamers.

“We are going to see some new faces and check out some new combos,” Monteith mentioned. “It will likely be a tricky conflict and hopefully will get us prepared for the next week’s full worldwide in opposition to Scotland at Featherstone.

“Now we have a number of gamers lacking resulting from accidents picked up on the again finish of the English season and the game has but to renew on the island however that has opened the doorways for others to make an influence.”

Named squads

Jamaica: Greg Johnson (Batley Bulldogs), Jordan Turner (Castleford Tigers), Kadeem Williams (Coventry Bears) Jon Magrin, Keenen Tomlinson, (each Dewsbury Rams), Danny Bravo, Ross Peltier, (each Doncaster), James Woodburn-Corridor (Halifax Panthers) Ashton Golding, Michael Lawrence (each Huddersfield Giants), Aaron Jones-Bishop, Jordan Andrade, Jy-mel Coleman (all Hunslet), Mo Agoro, (Keighley Cougars), Jacob Ogden (London Broncos), Abevia McDonald, (London Skolars), Izaac Farrell, Joel Farrell (each Sheffield Eagles), Joe Brown (Workington City), Ben Jones-Bishop (York Metropolis Knights), Christopher Ball (Unattached).

England Knights: Matty Ashton (Warrington Wolves), Jack Broadbent (Leeds Rhinos), Lewis Dodd (St Helens), Levi Edwards (Leeds Rhinos), Matthew English (Huddersfield Giants), Morgan Gannon (Leeds Rhinos), Sam Halsall (Wigan Warriors), Tom Holroyd (Leeds Rhinos), George Lawler (Hull KR), Matthew Lees (St Helens), Mikey Lewis (Hull KR), Ellis Longstaff (Warrington Wolves), James McDonnell, Liam Marshall, Kai Pearce-Paul (all Wigan Warriors), Will Pryce (Huddersfield Giants), Aaron Smith (St Helens), Danny Walker (Warrington Wolves, captain), Oliver Wilson (Huddersfield Giants), Connor Wrench (Warrington Wolves).



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