Wildcats centre Vince Mellars has been named in the 25-man Exiles squad chosen by Daniel Anderson for the second Origin clash on Wednesday.
The Kiwi has three tries to his name in 2012 and will join up with Assistant Coach Glenn Morrison, Physio Simon Wray and Doctor John Lynagh as Wildcats representatives in the Exiles camp.
As with England, the Exiles agreed not to pick any more than three players from any Super League club, which added to the possibility of injuries from this weekend’s game has created the need for a larger squad.
Anderson said: “It is conceivable that with the short turnaround from the games this weekend some players won’t be available. We’ve attempted to satisfy some of the requests from clubs in a difficult period. There are no more than three players from any club, which accounts for many of the changes from game one.
“Also, many of the more mature members of the squad have found it challenging on their bodies to get ready when faced with three games in seven days.
Talking about the specific challenge of the second game, Anderson said “I hope we get better weather, I hope the crowd can get to watch a style of footie that better reflects Super League.
“We’ll pick a strong team but we only have three days to prepare so the game has its challenges. England have rested players, they’ll have four or five changes and we’ll have at least that, so it’s a different game this time.
“But I think the game will be exciting. England are one up so they may have more freedom to attack. Equally we have to win, so we’ll be going for it”.
The Exiles play England at the Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield on Wednesday July 4.
Exiles 25-man squad for International Origin Series – Game 2
Listed in alphabetical order
*Anthony Gelling Wigan Warriors
Antonio Kaufusi London Broncos
*Ben Galea Hull Kingston Rovers
Brett Hodgson (Captain) Warrington Wolves
*Daniel Holdsworth Salford City Reds
Daryl Millard Catalan Dragons
David Faiumu Huddersfield Giants
David Fa’alogo Huddersfield Giants
Epalahame Lauaki Wigan Warriors
Francis Meli St Helens
*Heath L’Estrange Bradford Bulls
*Jake Webster Hull Kingston Rovers
*Jason Chan Huddersfield Giants
Joel Monaghan Warrington Wolves
*Joel Moon Salford City Reds
Kylie Leuluai Leeds Rhinos
Lance Hohaia St Helens
*Michael Robertson London Broncos
*Michael Dobson Hull Kingston Rovers
Scott Dureau Catalan Dragons
Sia Soliola St Helens
*Steve Menzies Catalan Dragons
Trent Waterhouse Warrington Wolves
*Vince Mellars Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
Willie Manu Hull FC
*= uncapped by Exiles so far
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.
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