Three Cumbrian’s selected for England squad

THE Rugby League Commonwealth Nines Championship is coming back after the last installment in Scotland prior to the Commonwealth Games and England have announced their 15 man squad from the community game.

England Vice Captain: Cole Walker Taylor in action for Wath Brow Hornets against Egremont Rangers


Taking place in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia, the under 23’s nine a side tournament features eight teams and will take place on February Friday 23 and Saturday 24 with England in Pool B alongside 2014 under 19 champions Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Samoa.

England’s squad has mainly come from the National Conference and Wath Brow Hornets have had three players selected with Cole Walker-Taylor being named vice captain.

In Pool A, Scotland and Wales will face Fiji and hosts Australia.

Cole Walker-Taylor, Gregory Howland and Callum Farrer are not the only players from Cumbria heading for Oz – the Ulverston player, Daniel Crabtree, is representing Wales, who finished third in Scotland, four years ago.

England will face Papua New Guinea in their opening match, followed by Samoa and their final match on Friday 23 is against Tonga.

Wales will face hosts Australia first before Fiji and then Scotland in their last match on Friday 23.

The sides will then have another two games on the Saturday 24, as the medals are decided.

This boost, to the community game, has recently come with the announcement; league matches will be televised on Free Sports (Available to views on the following channels: Sky UK 424, BT 95, TalkTalk TV 95, Freeview 95 and Freesat 252).

Egremont Rangers, Kells and Wath Brow Hornets are scheduled to feature in the first three matches, with three Cumbrian derby’s to be shown over the season.