19th July 2018, 10:21 | college_
The England Colleges squad has been selected for the winter international against the Australian Schoolboys as part of their five-game tour of England.
The match will be held at Kingston Park Stadium, home of Newcastle Thunder, on Sunday, November 25, 3pm kick off.
The squad was selected from a programme which initially started with preparation groups run in the North and the Midlands and culminated with a series of matches held at Loughborough University.
Head coaches Jonny Tuson and Greg Mannion will now lead a number of training sessions before selecting the team for the fixture.
Players involved come from a wide range of colleges and different programmes which reflects the strength of the game within Further Education and the opportunity to be Dual Career athletes working on both qualifications and a player pathway.
National Player Development Manager at the Rugby Football League, Phil Jones, said: "Players involved come from a wide range of colleges and different programmes which reflects the strength of the game within Further Education and the opportunity to be Dual Career athletes working on both qualifications and a player pathway.
"I am really looking forward to seeing how the squad shapes up under the guidance of Greg and Jonny.
"The standard on show in the matches at Loughborough was very high and reflects the need for second chance pathways which offer the opportunity for international honours and perhaps also into the professional game.
"Players develop at different ages so no one size fits all.
"England Colleges allows players who are later developers, new to the game or need a second chance, to showcase their talents alongside studying for qualifications."