Six Castleford Tigers players in England squads

Adam Milner, who has been called up to the England Elite Performance squad. Picture: Matthew Merrick
Adam Milner, who has been called up to the England Elite Performance squad. Picture: Matthew Merrick

Castleford Tigers duo Adam Milner and Oliver Holmes have received their first senior level call-ups to England get togethers and make up a total of six players from the Wheldon Road club in the Elite and Knights squads.

Milner, who signed a new three-year contract with the Tigers at the end of last week, is the only new name in the Elite Performance Squad, which also includes the currently injured Luke Gale and Mike McMeeken.

The England Knights Squad includes Holmes along with Castleford’s teenage half-back Jake Trueman and young outside back Greg Minikin.

On the Elite Performance Squad, head coach Wayne Bennett said: “Myself and staff have been monitoring players every week throughout the season so far.

“The 14 Super League players that travelled over for the Denver Test have been selected, including Jake Connor and Luke Thompson who were promoted from the England Knights Performance Squad and proved their commitment and value to the squad.

“It was a very positive and productive camp which resulted in a great performance against the Kiwis and I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made so far this year.

“We’re welcoming two recalls to the squad and one new addition and the door will remain open for the remainder of the season as we head towards the International Test Series against New Zealand later this year.”

England Knights head coach Paul Anderson has selected a 31-man Knights Performance Squad (KPS) for the second phase of the season, as they prepare to take on Papua New Guinea in two test matches later this year.

Tigers back rower Holmes is one of 10 new additions to the squad.

Anderson said, “The return of England Knights has been welcomed this year and the KPS sessions have been hugely positive and valuable for the players involved.

“It’s great to be able to include new faces to the squad as we head towards the end of the season and build towards the two matches against Papua New Guinea on tour.”

England Rugby League Elite Performance squad:

Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers)

Mike McMeeken (Castleford Tigers)

Adam Milner (Castleford Tigers)

Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants)

Jake Connor (Hull FC)

Scott Taylor (Hull FC)

Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos)

Stevie Ward (Leeds Rhinos)

Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos)

Jonny Lomax (St Helens)

Tommy Makinson (St Helens)

Mark Percival (St Helens)

James Roby (St Helens)

Luke Thompson (St Helens)

Alex Walmsley (St Helens)

Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity)

Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves)

Mike Cooper (Warrington Wolves)

Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves)

Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves)

Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves)

John Bateman (Wigan Warriors)

Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan Warriors)

Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors)

George Williams (Wigan Warriors)

England Rugby League Knights Performance squad:

Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers)

Jake Trueman (Castleford Tigers)

Oliver Holmes (Castleford Tigers)

Kruise Leeming (Huddersfield Giants)

Brad Fash (Hull FC)

Dean Hadley (Hull FC)

Masimbaashe Matongo (Hull FC)

Jamie Shaul (Hull FC)

Chris Atkin (Hull KR)

Robbie Mulhern (Hull KR)

Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos)

Mikolaj Oledzski (Leeds Rhinos)

Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos)

Jack Walker (Leeds Rhinos)

James Cunningham (London Broncos)

Niall Evalds (Salford Red Devils)

Tom Davies (Wigan Warriors)

Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors)

Joe Greenwood (Wigan Warriors)

Sam Powell (Wigan Warriors)

Ryan Sutton (Wigan Warriors)

Matt Lees (St Helens)

Danny Richardson (St Helens)

James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity)

Max Jowitt (Wakefield Trinity)

Reece Lyne (Wakefield Trinity)

Jack Hughes (Warrington Wolves)

Harvey Livett (Warrington Wolves)

Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings)

Danny Walker (Widnes Vikings)

Matt Whitley (Widnes Vikings)