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England Academy name squad to face Parramatta

Academy have named a 17-man squad to take on Parramatta Juniors in the second match of their four-game Australian tour on Saturday July 28.
England Academy name squad to face Parramatta
by NRL

Academy have named a 17-man squad to take on Parramatta Juniors in the second match of their four-game Australian tour on Saturday July 28.

The Academy take on Parramatta at Cabramatta Stadium just three days after securing a 28-18 victory in their opening game against New South Wales Juniors and with tour captain John Bateman starting from the bench, Warrington's Ben Currie has been bestowed with the captain's role for the game.

"It's a real honour to be named captain of an England side," said Currie.

"It's been a dream of mine since I was a young so to be able to get that chance now is great.

"The game against Parramatta will be a step up in level from our first match against New South Wales but that's the kind of challenge that we need to be ready for the test series and we're all really looking forward to getting back out there."

Currie came off the bench against New South Wales to put in a game-changing performance, which included a brace of tries, and the speedy forward is hoping he can continue that form as England seek to win a first series against the Schoolboys on Aussie soil since 2004.

"I was pleased with my own performance but the most important thing was that we got the win against NSW," added Currie.

"We were scrappy in places but we came together and ground out the result and that's what counts.

"We know a lot about the 2010 Academy team that beat the Schoolboys in England, but that's in the past and we're keen to focus on our game and securing the win for ourselves.

"Obviously the team of 2004 also had a massive achievement winning down here and if you look at some of the players who were in that squad and the careers they have gone on to have at the highest level, it's something we'd all like to emulate."

England Academy face Parramatta Juniors at Cabramatta Stadium (7.30pm AUS / 10.30am UK)

England Academy team to play Parramatta: (professional and community clubs): 1, Lewis Tierney (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats) 2, James Duckworth (Leeds Rhinos, Whinmoor Warriros) 3, Mark Percival (St Helens, Halton Hornets) 4, John Ford (Salford City Reds, Blackbrook Royals) 5, Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge) 6, George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge) 7, Ryan Hampshire (Wigan Warriors, Normanton Knights) 8, Ryan Sutton (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats) 9, James Cunningham (Hull FC, East Hull) 10, Gavin Bennion (Warrington Wolves, Ryland Sharks) 11, Luke Thompson (St Helens, Pilkington Recs) 12, Connor Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats) 13, Ben Currie C (Warrington Wolves, Parkside Golbourn) 14, Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors) 15, John Bateman (Bradford Bulls, Dudley Hill) 16, Jordan Baldwinson (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors) 17, Josh Johnson (Huddersfield Giants, Saddleworth).

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