Head Coach Tim Sheens has today announced his Combined Nations All Stars team to face England this Friday at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium.
The Combined Nations All Stars team is the latest iteration of the ‘Other Nationalities’ concept that has featured on and off in various representative Rugby League fixtures since 1904.
Featuring in the 2021 team includes a number of players from the Southern Hemisphere, including co-captains Matt Prior (Australia) and Jackson Hastings (Australia).
Other representatives from Asia-Pacific Rugby League member nations includes Kenny Edwards (New Zealand), Peter Mata’utia (Samoa), Suaia Matagi (Samoa), Junior Moors (Samoa), Pauli Pauli (Australia / Samoa), Nathan Peats (Australia), Chris Satae (Tonga), Andre Savelio (New Zealand), Aidan Sezer (Australia), Ken Sio (New Zealand), Kelepi Tanginoa (Australia) and Luke Yates (Australia).
Combined Nations All Stars Head Coach, Tim Sheens, said: “When this concept was created the aim was to give England a highly intense match as part of their preparations ahead of the Rugby League World Cup 2021.
“I’m confident we’ve assembled a squad that can do that. As it was always the case that Shaun would get first pick for England, we obviously had to wait and work within the guidelines when selecting players.
“I’m really looking forward to working with them – and I hope we’re all going to enjoy the experience, getting to know some new people and try out some new combinations.
“Also, the match is being played to help raise funds for the Mose Masoe Foundation and the players will take great pride in wearing the Mose-inspired jersey, which will no doubt will add to their motivation to perform well.”
Combined Nations All Stars Squad:
Jake Connor (Hull FC), Kenny Edwards (Huddersfield Giants), Jackson Hastings (Wigan Warriors), Liam Kay (Wakefield Trinity), Kruise Leeming (Leeds Rhinos), Ricky Leutele (Huddersfield Giants), Peter Mata’utia (Castleford Tigers), Suaia Matagi (Castleford Tigers), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Junior Moors (Featherstone Rovers), Pauli Pauli (Salford Red Devils), Nathan Peats (Leigh Centurions), Matt Prior (Leeds Rhinos), Chris Satae (Hull FC), Andre Savelio (Hull FC), Aidan Sezer (Huddersfield Giants), Ken Sio (Salford Red Devils), Kelepi Tanginoa (Wakefield Trinity), Luke Yates (Huddersfield Giants)