England and France face each other on the first weekend of international Rugby League�s newest competition, the Federation Shield.
Rhinos� favourites Lee Smith, Ashley Gibson, Danny Williams, Matt Diskin, Jamie Jones Buchanan, Nick Scruton and Ryan Bailey will all be wearing England�s red and white in front of their own fans.
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�.
The England team is:
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).