Wakefield Wildcats: Power prop Poore selected for Exiles squad to face England

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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats prop Justin Poore has been included in the Exiles squad to face England in June.

The Australian is the only Wildcats representative in Brian McClennan’s 27-man squad to play in the Origin Match at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, on Friday June 14.

And the 28-year-old, who already has representative honours with three appearance for New South Wales in the 2009 Origin series in Australia, said his selection came as a surprise.

“It was a surprise and it’s always nice to get picked in these teams,” he told the official Wildcats website.

“I’ve been lucky enough to be picked in a couple of teams and it’s good to get picked in one over here. I don’t really play for those reasons but where we sit in the table we should be a lot further up than what we are, but it always nice to get recognised as a half decent player.”

Poore was picked for an Australian squad in 2008 but could not feature due to injury.

Now he will be able to lock horns with an England side that could feature Wildcats team mate Ben Cockayne on the wing.

“It would be pretty funny, I’d stay away from him and hopefully he’d stay away from me so we wouldn’t make each other look bad,” he said.

“I thought a couple of the boys were pretty unlucky to miss out like Paulie Aiton and Dean Collis, I think they’ve been outstanding this year. That was a bit of a downer they didn’t get picked but maybe next year.”

Wildcats boss Richard Agar said: “I’m pleased for him and at this stage of the year we’ve got a guy in the England squad and a guy in the Exiles squad.

“It’s good for our club and I thought where the Exiles were concerned we had two or three really strong contenders this year.

“One of the reasons he wanted to come to this country was to experience new things.

“Apart from being in a different country, the different week-in, week-out Super League and being able to travel and things like that he’s going to experience some representative football over here with a bit of luck if he makes the team.”

Exiles 27-man squad: Louis Anderson (Catalan Dragons, New Zealand), Chris Bailey (London Broncos, Australia), Michael Dobson (Hull Kingston Rovers, Australia), David Faiumu (Huddersfield Giants, Samoa), Blake Green (Wigan Warriors, Australia), Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings, Australia), Brett Hodgson (Warrington Wolves, Australia, Captain), Lance Hohaia (St Helens, New Zealand), Antonio Kaufusi (London Broncos, Tonga), Kylie Leuluai (Leeds Rhinos, Samoa), Heath L’Estrange (Bradford Bulls, Australia), Willie Manu (St Helens, Tonga), Manesi Manuokafo (Bradford Bulls, Tonga), Daryl Millard (Catalan Dragons, Fiji), Joel Monaghan (Warrington Wolves, Australia), Michael Monaghan (Warrington Wolves, Australia), Joel Moon (Leeds Rhinos, Australia), Mark O’Meley (Hull FC, Australia), Micky Paea (Hull Kingston Rovers, Tonga), Cory Patterson (Hull Kingston Rovers, Australia), Justin Poore (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Australia), Tony Puletua (St Helens, Samoa), Pat Richards (Wigan Warriors, Ireland), Jarrod Sammut (Bradford Bulls, Australia), Iosia Soliola (St Helens, Samoa), Zeb Taia (Catalan Dragons, Cook Islands) and Trent Waterhouse (Warrington Wolves, Australia).