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International & British Rugby League: Australian born Great Britain & Ireland coach David Waite has named a 19-man Lions' squad to face the Australian Kangaroos' next month on Friday July 12th. There were no real suprises although the world's number one hooker, Keiron Cunningham made the squad after recovering from a serious freak hand injury which threatened to keep him out of the British squad. Waite selected this squad on the back of the two match English Origin Series last week. Lancashire won the series 2-0 and many of the stars were wearing the red of Lancashire but there were also some impressive displays by low profile Yorkshire players who just missed out. Players such as Nick Fozzard and Danny Orr. Suprisingly young Yorkshire stars such as Paul Deacon and Richard Horne who were slected to play for Great Britain in last year's Guinness Ashes home Series against Australia have missed out. In a press-conference at the McAlpine Stadium in Huddersfield, Waite said:"We are building for the future" "This is a one-off Test but in our minds is not a one-off game. It's part of a process.
"The selection reflects form in 2001 and the Origin. It's a mixture of experienced players with some exciting talent." said Waite.
Below, the Great Britain & Ireland squad to face Australia on July 12th:
Andrew Farrell (captain, Wigan Warriors), Keiron Cunningham (St Helens), Stuart Fielden (Bradford Bulls), Lee Gilmore (Bradford Bulls), Martin Gleeson (St Helens), Paul Johnson (Wigan Warriors), Chris Joynt (St Helens), Paul King (Hull FC), Barrie McDermott (Leeds Rhinos), Terry Newton (Wigan Warriors), Terry O'Connor (Wigan Warriors), Jamie Peacock (Bradford Bulls), Karl Pratt (Leeds Rhinos), Kris Radlinski (Wigan Warriors), Ryan Sheridan (Leeds Rhinos), Paul Sculthorpe (St Helens), Keith Senior (Leeds Rhinos), Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos), Paul Wellens (St Helens)
Like in last year's Ashes Series build-up against France and then the three match series versus Australia's Kangaroos' national team, the British squad will be weakened through injury in this one-off Ashes Test match in Sydney. Superstar scrum-half Sean Long who missed last year's internationals for Great Britain and England through a knee injury will miss with a hand injury this time round and Australian based star second row forward, a former Leeds Rhinos player, now with the Sydney City Roosters in the NRL will also miss the Test match with a back injury. He also missed the series last year and had to watch from the sidelines in England's semi final World Cup match against New Zealand at the Reebok Stadium in 2000.