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11th March 2016, 12:37 | wheelchair

England Wheelchair RL look ahead to 2017 World Cup

England Wheelchair RL look ahead to 2017 World Cup

England Wheelchair Rugby League's journey to next year's World Cup has begun.

England Wheelchair Rugby League have set out the next stage of their journey towards the World Cup in July 2017.

Following an open trial in Leeds and an extensive search for players, coaches, support staff and volunteers, England Wheelchair Rugby League have named the Train-On Squad, plus coaching & support staff for the two-year period up to and including the 2017 Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup, which will take place in Sydney, Australia, in July 2017.

The Coaching & Support Team who guided England to a sensational European Championship victory in September last year have all retained their places and will look to build on that success over the next 16 months.

Martyn Gill will stay as joint Head Coach with Mark Roughsedge, and Lyndsey Northeast remains as Sports Therapist, while Football & Logistics will again be headed up by Andy Gardner, alongside Martyn Coyd, who stays on as England Wheelchair Rugby League Team Manager.

The trials, which took place at Morley Leisure Centre on Sunday 6 March, 2016, then saw the coaches announce a train-on Squad of 15 players, who will prepare for the international stage over a series of weekend camps. With the eventual aim to participate in the 2016 Wheelchair Rugby League Home Nations Championships in September, which takes place in Lancashire.

Six new players have been named in the squad.

Martin Coyd said: "This is tense, this is exciting and it is a huge privilege to be involved in something like this.

"2015 was a magical year. Winning the inaugural European Championships 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 all of that is behind us now. The focus is on the Home Nations, Test Matches in France in November and the World Cup.

"The group know that we have to raise our standards in everything we do for the next 16 months.

"The things that were good before will no longer do; intensity, conditioning, skills and our game must go to a much higher level. I have challenged the coaches to test and push our players.

"We are also delighted that six new players have forced their way into the squad.

"They have a chance to impress and improve their game with the best players in the country.

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

The England Wheelchair Rugby League squad in full:

Adam Barnett (Medway Dragons)

Sebastian Bechara (Catalan Dragons)

Jodie Boyd-Ward (Leeds Rhinos)

Wayne Boardman (Halifax)

Harry Brown (Halifax)

Jack Brown (Halifax)

Nathan Collins (Leeds Rhinos)

Joe Coyd (Medway Dragons)

Tom Halliwell (Leeds Rhinos)

Nathan Holmes (Halifax)

Keiron Johnson (Bradford Bulls)

Martin Lane (Medway Dragons)

Nathan Mulhall (Halifax)

Ryan Richardson (Leeds Rhinos)

James Simpson (Leeds Rhinos)

Squad selecation may be subject to change. For more information, click HERE.