England Academy (Photo: England RL Twitter)
England Academy (Photo: England RL Twitter)

The England Academy side have opened their tour with a 28-22 win over the Penrith Panthers.

The match was England’s first on their tour of Australia after last week’s game against the Canterbury Bulldogs was cancelled.

The tourists ran in five tries to four against a Panthers’ side made up predominately of under-18 players and featuring five players from their NYC side.

They now head to Queensland for their first game against the Australian Schoolboys at Redcliffe’s Dolphin Oval next Sunday.

England Academy 28 (James Batchelor, Callum Field, Cameron Smith, Morgan Smith, Jack Wells tries; Rob Fairclough 4 goals) def. Penrith Panthers 22 (Harrison Leonard 2, Brad Gant, Mark Laban tries; Toby Westcott 3 goals) at Pepper Stadium.

Team lists
England Academy
1. Lewis Heckford 2. Matthew Costello 3. Liam Paisley 4. Joe Wardill 5. Will Oakes 6. Rob Fairclough 7. Morgan Smith 8. Matthew English 9. Josh Ganson 10. Mikolaj Oledski 11. James Bachelor 12. Cameron Smith 13. Jack Wells Interchange: 14 Ryan Jones 15. Craig Mullen 16. Callum Field 17. Danny Walker 18. Jez Litten 19. Caine Barnes 20. Connor Fitzsimmons 21. Liam Walsh 22. Brad Walker

Penrith Panthers
1. Sam McKinlay 2. Peter Scanlan 3. Jesse Abbott 4. Jamon Wormleaton 5. Jake Ennis 6. Jonah Meutangaro 7. Toby Westcott 8. Ben Cartwright 9. Mitch Kenny 10. Mark Laban 11. Carl Winterstein 12. Shane Kiel 13. Terrell Smith Interchange: 14. John Kaufusi 15. Harrison Leonard 16. Alex Myles 17. Shannon Harris 18. Mose Feilo 19. Jake Tago 20. Spike Teo 21. Brad Gant 22. Thomas Lofts 23. Justin Jones 24. Rocky Togatuki

Australian Tour schedule
Sunday July 31 – England Academy v Australia Schoolboys (Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe)
Saturday August 6 – England Academy v Australia Schoolboys (Southern Cross Group Stadium)


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