posted on 12 May 2016

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats' Academy duo James Batchelor and Judah Mazive has been called up to the England Academy squad to face France.

England Academy coach Andy Kelly has selected his 19-man squad for the forthcoming game against France Under-18s at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington on Friday May 27 (5.30pm).

Players will come together in a Warrington-based training camp from Wednesday May 25 to prepare for the International Test that will be played before the First Utility Super League fixture between Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos.

Two points separated these teams last May when England Academy narrowly lost to France 30-28 at the Stade Albert Domec in Carcassonne.

England Academy coach Andy Kelly said: “Preparations for this game are going well. The boys have been working hard all year and relationships are developing.

“Obviously the game against them in France last year didn’t go our way, but we learnt a lot on that trip and we know what needs to be done to get the desired result.

“This is a big opportunity for this squad to play at a Super League stadium in front of a large crowd.”

England Academy squad (professional club and community club in brackets):

Brad Clavering (City of Hull Academy, Skirlaugh Bulls)

Brad Walker (Widnes Vikings, Askam)

Caine Barnes (Wigan Warriors, Seaton Raiders)

Cameron Smith (Leeds Rhinos, Lock Lane)

Conor Fitzsimmons (Castleford Tigers, Seaton RFL)

Danny Walker (Widnes Vikings, Crosfields)

Judah Mazive (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Oulton Raiders)

James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Oulton Raiders)

Jez Litten (City of Hull Academy, West Hull)

Joe Brown (Bradford Bulls, Stanningley)

Joe Wardill (City of Hull Academy, Beverley Braves)

Jon Luke Kirby (Huddersfield Giants, Eastmoore Dragons)

Lewis Heckford (Wigan Warriors, Stanley Rangers)

Liam Paisley (Wigan Warriors, Dalton)

Liam Walsh (Widnes Vikings, Haton and Farmworth Hornets)

Matty Lees (St Helens, Rochdale Mayfield)

Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)

Rob Fairclough (St Helens, Blackbrook Royals)

Will Oakes (City of Hull Academy, Eastmoor Dragons)

The England Academy squad for the 2016 Australia Tour will be announced at the beginning of June.

Entry to the Halliwell Jones Stadium for the England Academy v France and Warrington Wolves v Leeds Rhinos is £21 for adults and £15 for concessions.


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