WAYNE BENNETT has announced his squad for the mid-season test match with Samoa, with the surprise inclusion of Gold Coast Titans forward Chris McQueen. The son of an English father, McQueen expressed an interest in playing for England in 2016 and will now get the chance on May 6th at Campbelltown Stadium in Sydney.
He will be joined by a fellow Australian-raised player in Chris Heighington of the Cronulla Sharks, who returns to the squad after a 6 year absence. His last appearance was in the 2011 Four Nations, where he scored tries against Wales and Australia.
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Castleford Tigers’ impressive start to the season has been rewarded with places for Mike McMeeken, Zak Hardaker and Luke Gale. McMeeken would be in line for an international debut, while Hardaker hasn’t played for England since 2015.
The international match now presents a real issue for the high-flying Tigers. They could go into their televised fixture at Huddersfield without 6 first teamers, as Jesse Sene-Lafao, Ben Roberts and Junior Moors could all be in the Samoa squad for the same fixture.