England v New Zealand Test series: Five uncapped players in Wayne Bennett’s squad to face Kiwis


London: Wakefield Trinity winger Tom Johnstone and centre Reece Lyne are among five newcomers called up for England’s autumn Test series against New Zealand.
St Helens prop Luke Thompson, Wigan back-rower Joe Greenwood and Castleford lock Adam Milner are also uncapped.
Although injury rules out St George Illawarra half-back Gareth Widdop, there is a strong NRL contingent including Sam, Tom and George Burgess.
England begin the series against the Kiwis in Hull on 27 October.
Johnstone’s 24 tries for Trinity this season helped earn him a place in the Super League Dream Team, along with fellow call-ups John Bateman, Sean O’Loughlin, Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Mark Percival and Thompson.
England’s autumn internationals, which also include a friendly against France in Leigh on 17 October, are the first since the mid-season Test against the Kiwis in Denver, in which Hull FC back Jake Connor and the Saints pair of Tommy Makinson and Mark Percival impressed.
Injuries to Widdop, Kallum Watkins, Ryan Hall, Ben Currie and Alex Walmsley, plus surgery for James Roby rule them out from the team which lost to Australia in the 2017 World Cup final, while Kevin Brown has retired from the international game.


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