Six uncapped players Shaun Wane could turn to in 2023 as part of England rebuild

Six uncapped players Shaun Wane could turn to in 2023 as part of England rebuild

England are set to usher in a new era after pulling out of the World Cup with an aging squad.

Shaun Wane’s side were expected to book a date at Old Trafford with Australia to produce their worst performance of the tournament in a painful golden point loss to Samoa in the week’s semi-final last.

The end of a World Cup campaign marks the start of a new cycle as attention turns to France 2025.

With eight of the 17 who lost to Samoa on the wrong side of the 30, it’s time to look to the future.

Although it is unclear who England will face next autumn, the Rugby Football League have moved quickly to secure an April date with France at Warrington.

The game will give Wane the opportunity to watch some of the Super League’s young talent.

Here, The Yorkshire Post picks out six uncapped players who could make their England debuts in 2023.

Cameron Smith is ready for a big year in 2023. (Photo by Bruce Rollinson)

But for a fresh hamstring injury, there’s every chance the Leeds Rhinos center will have lined up for England in this World Cup.

Newman is lucky after being limited to 32 appearances over the past three seasons.

If he can enjoy an injury-free start to the year, he will be a shoo-in for the game against France.

Jez Litten in action for Hull KR.

England claimed a running threat in last week’s semi-final but Samoa had nothing to fear around the ruck with Michael McIlorum performing a solitary mock run.

Andy Ackers and Kruise Leeming will be among those in the mix in April, along with Hull KR hooker Jez Litten.

The 24-year-old tackles above his weight defensively and is a common thread around the ruck with a developing kicking game, as he got a taste of the international scene through the program England Knights.

Wakefield Trinity’s Lewis Murphy scores a spectacular try in the 2022 season and will be looking to enter the 2023 campaign. (Picture: Tony Johnson)

With Chris Hill and Mike Cooper unlikely to feature again and Tom Burgess and Luke Thompson unavailable for the match against France, front row seats are up for grabs.

Wilson was a standout performer in the Huddersfield Giants squad this year and his absence was felt when Ian Watson’s side withdrew from the play-offs, with the injury also forcing him to retire from playing duties. ‘England Knights.

The Bradford Bulls academy product is young for a prop at 22 but a strong start to the year could see him bloodied against the French.

If Jack Welsby moves to full-back to replace Sam Tomkins and Marc Sneyd is not considered given he will be 34 in 2025, Wane will be looking for a new half-back.

With Oliver Russell and Will Pryce not guaranteed to play at Huddersfield and Lewis Dodd still on his way back from injury, exciting young Hull KR Lewis could find himself in the box when the 2023 campaign begins.

The 2022 Young Player of the Year nominee is capable of scoring a try out of thin air and has shown promise in his outings with the Knights.

The loose forward was instrumental in Leeds’ run to the grand final and has been tipped for international recognition by Rohan Smith.

A ball forward with a tireless work rate, the 24-year-old is set for a big year in 2023.

If Morgan Knowles gets the nod in Victor Radley’s absence in April, Smith would provide something a little different off the bench.

Dom Young’s unavailability for the mid-season test and Ryan Hall’s likely retirement could create a vacancy that Murphy is able to fill.

The Wakefield Trinity starlet overcame a shaky start against Leeds to score 17 tries in 19 Super League games for a struggling side last season, with a string of dazzling finishes.

Morgan Gannon is another youngster who will continue to make his case, although at 18 he may have to wait a bit longer for full international honours.

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