18th May 2018, 13:46 | university

Preview | England Universities v New Zealand Students

Preview | England Universities v New Zealand Students

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England Universities will face New Zealand Students in the first of two Student International Test Matches on Saturday, May 19, at the LD Nutrition Stadium, home of Featherstone Rovers, 2.15pm kick off.

The game will be the first meeting between the teams since England's golden-point victory over New Zealand in the 2013 Student Rugby League World Cup Semi-Final which was played in Dewsbury.

England ran out 18-17 winners after a drop goal five minutes into extra time.

England's 2018 season has started with two President's Cup wins over GB Police and GB Teachers under new Head Coach Richard Tate's watchful eye.

Tate will draw on players with previous England experience such as Ben Stead, Jason Bass, Marcus Stock and James Mason alongside a host of debutants including Ben Gray, Lee Registe and Munashe Fumhanda.

New Zealand, who have not played a student international since 2015, will be looking to show their hosts they are no easy beats having suffered a 29-0 loss to Leeds Beckett University as part of their preparation campaign.

The game will be played as a curtain raiser to Featherstone Rovers v Leigh Centurions' Betfred Championship game, with tickets reduced to £15 for Adults, £10 for Concessions and £5 for children for anyone entering the stadium prior to the England v New Zealand game starting. After kick off, full pricing will resume.

 

England Universities 18-man squad:

  • Ben Gray Sheffield Hallam
  • Ben Stead Gloucestershire
  • Conner MacCallum Manchester Met
  • Harry Aaronson Leeds
  • Harry Chapman Loughborough
  • James Mason Gloucestershire
  • Jason Bass Newcastle
  • Jed Mawdsley Newcastle
  • Lee Registe Leeds Beckett
  • Lewis Fairhurst Edge Hill
  • Lewis Taylor Loughborough
  • Luke Stephens Gloucestershire
  • Marcus Stock Sheffield
  • Matthew Chrimes Leeds Beckett
  • Munashe Fumhanda Leicester
  • Nathan Ainsworth UCLan
  • Ryan Langton Hull
  • Will Jubb Hull

New Zealand Student squad:

  • BEN TUNNICLIFF
  • BROOKLYN NIWA
  • CAMERON WALTERS
  • DESTRY TAMAI
  • GEORGE ROPATI
  • ISAAC ROBINSON
  • JAKE CUSACK
  • JASON WHAREAITU
  • JEREMY SUILEPA
  • JONG HOON LEE
  • JORDAN STUART
  • JOSH MCKENZIE
  • KANE TELEA
  • MATT FILIPO
  • MICHAEL HOLLIS
  • MITCHELL ROPATI
  • MONA SIO
  • RICKI ALLAN
  • RORY ROPATI