26th April 2017, 11:09 | 

England Universities set to take on St Helens Reserves this weekend

England Universities set to take on St Helens Reserves this weekend

England's preparations for the World Cup in July are stepping up...

St Helens Reserves v England Universities
Saturday 29th April, 1pm KO
Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens

£5 Adults | £2 Concessions

England Universities' preperations for the 2017 Student World Cup in July continue with their second UK-based friendly against St Helens Reserves.

The game will be a thorough test of the student side, who defeated the Royal Air Force 26-6 earlier this month.

The game kicks off at 1pm, Saturday 29th April, at the Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens.

"It's exciting for the team to be playing at a Super League stadium and it will mirror some of the grounds we will be playing at when in Australia," said Colin Baker, England Universities Head Coach.

"We're really grateful to St Helens for hosting us - it will be a thorough test of our players and allows us to see how the players perform against a very strong opposition."

England Universities are heading to Australia in July

The clash with St Helens Reserves will be their second warm-up game

Josh Hamilton and Dom Bryan will return to the squad following unavailability for the RAF game, whilst Aaron Hall, Jacob Morgan, Lewis Lord and Sam Swire also return from injury.

Charlie Greene (ribs) and Jason Bass (ribs) are on the injury list, whilst Gloucestershire All Golds contingent of Malikhi Lloyd-Jones, Harry Kidd, Brad Kislingbury and Ben Stead may be unavailable owing to club commitments in the League 1 cup semi-fnal.

England have a £100,000 fundraising target for their World Cup campaign, where online donations can be made at: gofundme.com/englandunirl.