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  • International Match
  • 4th Jul 2012
  • KO 19:45
  • Att: 7,865

England v Exiles: Teams

At the Galpharm Stadium, Wednesday July 4, kick-off 8pm

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We want players that are asking coaches to play for the Exiles and we've got that now. They consider it a shop window for their endeavours. They want to play against England.

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Exiles coach Daniel Anderson is delighted to welcome back captain Brett Hodgson for the second Origin clash with England at the Galpharm.

Warrington full-back Hodgson missed the opening match through injury but is fit to lead Super League's overseas stars in action on Wednesday night, live on Sky Sports.

Hodgson will skipper a side that sees six changes from the one that went down 18-10 at Langtree Park in a match that was spoilt by heavy rain.

"He (Hodgson) brings a level of desire which is infectious," Anderson said. "We want to put on a style of rugby league that more resembles the Exiles brand.

"We want players that are asking coaches to play for the Exiles and we've got that now. They consider it a shop window for their endeavours. They want to play against England."

Different players

For L'Estrange the fixture not only offers him the chance to play again play alongside his old Manly Sea Eagles team-mate Menzies again but also a brief respite from worrying about his future.

The Australian could soon find himself out of work as the financially-troubled Bulls face the threat of liquidation.

"I didn't expect it at all," L'Estrange said of his Exiles call-up. "I got named in the 30-man squad a couple of weeks ago and didn't really think I deserved it at that time.

"But it's something I'll be really proud of. It will be good to be back playing with Beaver again.

"With what I've been going through the last couple of weeks, it is a bit of a change for me, just to get my confidence up.

"It's good to get away and worry about something different just for a couple of days. It's always there at the back of your mind. When you go to bed, you are always thinking about it."

Wilkin leads

England also have a new-look side in action, including a new captain in St Helens' Jon Wilkin.

Wilkin was left out of the team for the opening game but is one of eight changes to the starting line-up made by coach Steve McNamara.

There are also debuts for Warrington utility back Stefan Ratchford, Danny Brough (Huddersfield) and Matty Smith (Salford) - the latter two forming an all-new half-back partnership.

Forwards Scott Taylor of Hull KR and Wigan's Liam Farrell are set to make their first England appearances if they come off the bench.

McNamara opted to rest Leeds pair Ryan Hall and Kevin Sinfield and Wigan's Sam Tomkins and Sean O'Loughlin, while Castleford stand-off Rangi Chase, who has been suspended by his club pending the outcome of an investigation into an alleged breach of discipline, was dropped from the squad.

England: S Ratchford (Warrington); J Charnley (Wigan), L Cudjoe (Huddersfield), R Atkins (Warrington), T Briscoe (Hull); M Smith (Salford), D Brough (Huddersfield); E Crabtree (Huddersfield), J Roby (St Helens), G Carvell (Warrington), C Ablett (Leeds), J Wilkin (St Helens, capt), J Jones-Buchanan (Leeds).
Interchange: R Burrow (Leeds), L Mossop (Wigan), L Farrell (Wigan), S Taylor (Hull KR).

Exiles: B Hodgson (Warrington, capt); J Monaghan (Warrington), J Moon (Salford), D Millard (Catalan), F Meli (St Helens); D Holdsworth (Salford), S Dureau (Catalan); A Laffranchi (St Helens), H L'Estrange (Bradford), E Lauaki (Wigan), W Manu (Hull), S Menzies (Catalan), S Soliola (St Helens).
Interchange: K Leuluai (Leeds), A Kaufusi (London), L Withers (Hull KR), C Mika (Hull KR).

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