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13th July 2017, 11:29 | englandrl

England Wheelchair RL announce World Cup squad

England Wheelchair RL announce World Cup squad

The team head out to France for the World Cup next week.

England Wheelchair RL have announced their 12-strong squad and off-field team for the Wheelchair RL World Cup, which will take place in France later this month.

Following an extensive search for players, coaches, support staff and volunteers, Leeds Rhinos boast the most representatives with five players called up.

Meanwhile brothers Jack Brown, captain, and Harry Brown represent Halifax alongside vice captain Wayne Boardman.

Joe Coyd, Adam Barnett and Martin Lane are in the squad from Medway Dragons, while Sebastien Bechara is Catalans Dragons' sole representative.

Martyn Gill and Mark Roughsedge - who helped England to European Championship victory in 2015 and Four Nations success last year - will be Joint Head Coaches, with Lyndsey Northeast as Sports Therapist.

Meanwhile Football & Logistics will again be headed up by Andy Gardner as Team Manager and Martyn Coyd MBE, who stays on as Wheelchair Rugby League Chairman.

Martin Coyd MBE said: "This is tense and exciting and it is a huge privilege to be involved.

"2015 was a magical year. Winning the inaugural European Championships, against France in the final, was special and unexpected by some, but a huge reward for a great effort from the whole team; players, coaches, support staff and the incredible supporters who helped roar the team to victory.

"But the last 16 months have seen standards raised. The things that were good before were no longer good enough - and that helped lead us to the Four Nations title.

"Intensity, conditioning, skills and our game had to go to a much higher level; the coaches have been challenged to test and push our players.

"Attitude will be key and we know what we need to do to be successful."

Nathan Collins is set for his first World Cup campaign

England won the Wheelchair RL 4 Nations last year

The squad are deep into their preparations ahead of the 2017 Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup.

They kick off their tournament with a clash against the hosts in Carcassonne on July 20, ahead of a fixture with Wales in July 22 in Pamiers.

Their final group stage game is against Australia in St Jory on July 24.

Albi will host the quarter finals on July 25, before the semis in Toulouse on July 26 and the World Cup Final on July 28 in Perpignan.

The England Wheelchair Rugby League squad in full:

Adam Barnett (Medway Dragons)

Sebastian Bechara (Catalan Dragons)

Jodie Boyd-Ward (Leeds Rhinos)

Wayne Boardman - vice captain (Halifax)

Harry Brown (Halifax)

Jack Brown - captain (Halifax)

Nathan Collins (Leeds Rhinos)

Joe Coyd (Medway Dragons)

Tom Halliwell (Leeds Rhinos)

Martin Lane (Medway Dragons)

Ryan Richardson (Leeds Rhinos)

James Simpson (Leeds Rhinos)

England fixtures schedule:

Group Stage fixtures:

20th July - France vs England - Carcassonne

22nd July - Wales vs England - Pamiers

24th July - England vs Australia - St. Jory

Finals:

25th July - Wheelchair RL World Cup quarter final 1 & 2 - 3rd Pool 1 vs 2nd Pool 2 & 4th Pool 1 vs 1st Pool 2 - Albi

26th July - Wheelchair RL World Cup - semi final 1 & 2 - Toulouse

28th July - Wheelchair RL World Cup Final - Perpignan 

The participating nations are: Australia, England, Scotland, Wales, Italy, Spain, France.

England Wheelchair Rugby League will be setting off to the World Cup on 19th July 2017.