England Youth’s Wakefield contingent out to shine on home soil against France

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England’s stars of the future will be in action at Wakefield’s Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Tuesday.

England Youth will take on their France counterparts at the home of the Wildcats in the second of two matches over Easter (kick-off 2.30pm).

The first match will take place on Friday at the Stobart Stadium (kick-off 6.30pm) after the Widnes Vikings v Warrington Wolves Super League clash.

And there is set to be Wakefield-based players involved in both games.

England coach Stuart Barrow named a quintet of players from the city in his squad for the international matches and three were named in his squad for Friday’s match.

Max Jowitt, who is on the scholarship programme at Wakefield Wildcats, and also plays for Stanley Rangers, will join Normanton Knights’ Morgan Smith and Westgate Wolves player Jacob Ware, who are both on scholarship deals at Leeds Rhinos, in Barrow’s squad for the first match.

Jordan Crowther, who is on a scholarship deal with Wakefield, is also part of the England squad and will hope to get the nod to feature on his home ground on Tuesday.

“We’ve got a lot of talented players in this group and it hasn’t been easy to select the squad for the first Test,” said Barrow.

“A lot of these players have never experienced not being selected before so it’s a challenge to them to see how they respond to that disappointment and push the rest of the squad for a place in Test two.

“I’m confident we have the talent to put in two big performances over the next few days and hopefully we’ll get the results we’re hoping for.”

Admission to Tuesday’s match is priced at £3 for adults and £1 for juniors.