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Wolves' Blake gets England call.

Byline: IAN LAYBOURN Rugby League Reporter

WARRINGTON'S Australiaborn stand-off Blake Austin has been called into the England squad for the Downer World Cup Nines in Sydney.

Austin replaces his Wolves team-mate Jack Hughes, who has been ruled out of the Nines tournament with a groin injury but hopes to be fit to link up with Austin ahead of the four-match Great Britain Lions tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Austin, who qualifies through an English grandmother, has made a big impact in his first season in the Super League and was shortlisted for the Man of Steel award won by Salford's Jackson Hastings.

England Women have also lost a member of their 16-strong squad for the four-team Women's Nines competition that will run alongside the men's at the Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta.

Leeds forward Shannon Lacey has been ruled out after suffering a head injury during last Sunday's victory at St Helens in the Women's Super League semi-final.

The injury also rules Lacey out of tonight's Grand Final against Castleford at St Helens, although she remains hopeful of recovering for England's two-Test tour of Papua New Guinea.

Both the Men's and Women's squads will fly to Sydney tomorrow and play their first matches next Friday [October 18] before the bulk of their competitions are played on Saturday, October 19. REVISED England squads: MEN: J Graham (St George Illawarra, capt), B Austin (Warrington), T Burgess (South Sydney), D Clark (Warrington), J Connor (Hull FC), R Hall (Sydney Roosters), A Handley (Leeds), R Lyne (Wakefield), J McGillvary (Huddersfield), R Sutton (Canberra), S Tomkins (Catalans Dragons), J Trueman (Castleford), L Watts (Castleford), E Whitehead (Canberra), G Widdop (St George Illawarra), G Williams (Wigan).

WOMEN: D Anderson (Leeds), C Beevers (Leeds), L Burke (St Helens) C Crowl (St Helens), J Cunningham (St Helens), F Gaskin (St Helens), K Gentles (Castleford), A Hardcastle (Bradford), S Hoyle (St Helens), R Marshall (Castleford), S Peach (Castleford), G Roche (Castleford), E Rudge (St Helens), T-J Stanley (Castleford), N Williams (St Helens).

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Author:IAN LAYBOURN Rugby League Reporter
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Oct 11, 2019
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