Exiles renamed ‘Combined Nations All Stars’

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By STEVE MASCORD

ENGLAND’S occasional Barbarian-style opponents the Exiles have been renamed the Combined Nations All Stars for the clash between the sides on June 25.

The Rugby Football League is to announce details of the clash tomorrow morning (Tuesday, March 16), with the team to include not just Antipodeans but players eligible for such nations as Wales, Scotland, Jamaica, France and Ireland.

The League has sought to connect the team to the Other Nationalities side which dates back to 1903 and has included such stellar names as Billy Boston, Lewis Jones, Dave Valentine, Harry Bath and Brian Bevan.

The All Stars name – popularised in American sport and more recently adopted by Australian rugby league – was considered preferable to Other Nationalities which may have been viewed as Colonial. Tim Sheens has been mentioned as a possible coach of the All Star side.

Hull FC chairman Adam Pearson said last week he would not release players to the combined team. There has also been criticism that club matches will be played in what in recent years has been regarded as an international window.

The Exiles played England four times starting in 2011, with honour split evenly.

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