17th March 2017, 12:03 | university
England Universities have announced their 30-man squad which will train and prepare in the UK with a series of games, before the squad is reduced to a final 24 who will travel to the Student World Cup in Australia in July.
The squad, who will fund the tour themselves, have set a target of £100k to help cover costs, with £20k already raised.
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Following a final selection and training session on Saturday, March 11, the 30 players will next meet in April for a two-day camp which culminates in the annual fixture between the student side and the Royal Air Force.
With the Associations Cup on a break for World Cup year, the students will then face a tough test against St Helens Reserves before back-to-back fixtures with the Great Britain Armed Forces, who are also preparing for their own world cup campaign in Australia.
Preparation then concludes with a weekend camp in North Yorkshire, which will involve a fixture against Keighley Cougars Reserves.
Head Coach Colin Baker said: "We've watched all of the selection games through the Regional and Origin programmes and it has been a challenge to pick 30 players from the thousands who play University Rugby League each week and I'd like to thank everyone who has been involved in selection up to this point for their efforts.
England won the 2016 Student 4 Nations
24 players will travel to Australia for the Student World Cup
"There is good competition for places and a strong work ethic.
"Over the coming months, I am looking forward to working with all of the players to turn them into a tight knit, cohesive team."
As in previous years, the squad has been selected from a diverse list of Universities, with players picked on merit.
Twenty members of the squad have already gained England experience during the 2015 or 2016 programmes and many of the players are regulars across the Kingstone Press Championship and League 1.
Aaron Hall University of Bolton
Ben Stead University of Gloucestershire
Brad Kislingbury University of Gloucestershire
Carl Southan Liverpool John Moores
Charlie Greene St Mary's
Dan Harrison Nottingham Trent
Dom Bryan Manchester Met
Elliot Hall Loughborough
Harry Kidd University of Gloucestershire
Jack Lazenby University of Hull
Jacob Morgan Leeds Beckett
Jake Reed Leeds Beckett
James Mason University of Gloucestershire
James Woodburn-Hall University of Leeds
Jason Bass Newcastle
Joshua Halstead Birmingham
Joshua Hamilton University of Hull
Kieran Sherratt Coventry
Kieran Smith Sheffield Hallam
Lewis Taylor Loughborough
Lewis Lord Loughborough
Liam Wood UCLan
Malikhi Lloyd-Jones University of Gloucestershire
Marcus Stock University of Sheffield
Matt Ross Nottingham Trent
Mike Quickenden Salford
Nathan Hill University of Hull
Sam Druce Leeds Beckett
Sam Swire University of Sheffield
Zack McComb Leeds Beckett
Wednesday 12th April, 5pm - Nottingham University v Royal Air Force
Saturday 29th April, 2pm - Totally Wicked Stadium v St Helens Reserves
Wednesday 17th May, 7pm - Stanningley RLFC v GB Armed Forces
Friday 2nd June, 5.30pm - Headingley Carnegie v GB Armed Forces
Saturday 17th June, 2pm - Cougar Park v Keighley Cougars Reserves