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England and France face each other on the first weekend of international Rugby League?s newest competition, the Federation Shield.
The team will be skippered by Rob Purdham of Harlequins RL as England seek to secure a step on the ladder to the tournament?s Final at Halton Stadium, Widnes on Sunday, November 12.
Paul Cullen, England?s new Head Coach, said: ?We?re expecting a serious challenge from the French and we?ve prepared for that task.
?Besides wanting to make progress in the Federation Shield, the English players are aware that the planning process for the 2008 World Cup has started.
?This tournament provides them with an ideal platform on which to make an impression in international Rugby League?.
Lee Smith (Leeds Rhinos); Mark Calderwood (Wigan Warriors), Richard Whiting (Hull FC), Ashley Gibson (Leeds Rhinos), Danny Williams (Leeds Rhinos); Rob Purdham (Harlequins RL, Captain), Jamie Rooney (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats); Eorl Crabtree (Huddersfield Giants), Matt Diskin (Leeds Rhinos), Ewan Dowes (Hull FC), Jamie Jones Buchanan (Leeds Rhinos), Lee Radford (Hull FC), Brett Ferres (Bradford Bulls).
Interchange: Chris Ashton (Wigan Warriors), Nick Scruton (Leeds Rhinos), Matt Cook (Bradford Bulls), Ryan Bailey (Leeds Rhinos).