How the Combined Nations All Stars could line-up against England

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·4-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Combined Nations All Stars Credit: PA Images
Combined Nations All Stars Credit: PA Images

Ellery Hanley’s Combined Nations All Stars take on England in a mid-season international test this Saturday at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Like last year, the All Stars faced selection chaos due to suspensions, injuries and late pull-outs for the clash. However, head coach Hanley managed to name a 20-man squad following delays.

Several faces from last year have been named once again, including Ken Sio, Peter Mata’utia and Kenny Edwards. There are also many news faces including Brodie Croft, Jacob Miller and captain Shaun Kenny-Dowall. England World Cup hopefuls Daryl Clark and Kruise Leeming have also been included, having missed out on Shaun Wane’s squad.

Here’s how the Combined Nations All Stars could line-up this weekend.

Peter Mata’utia (Samoa)

Peter Mata'utia Warrington Wolves Combined Nations All Stars Credit: PA Images
Peter Mata'utia Warrington Wolves Combined Nations All Stars Credit: PA Images

With the withdrawal of Jake Connor due to injury, the full-back role could be filled by Warrington’s Peter Mata’utia this Saturday. He has made a total of 74 Super League appearances, scoring 13 tries.

Ken Sio (Samoa)

 Credit: PA Images
Credit: PA Images

Salford winger Ken Sio crossed for two tries in last year’s clash 26-24 victory in Warrington. So far in 2022, he has scored 14 tries, the joint-second most of the season behind Tommy Makinson.

Samisoni Langi (France/Tonga)

Samisoni Langi Catalans Dragons SWpix Credit: PA Images
Samisoni Langi got on the scoresheet for Catalans Dragons | Photo: Manuel Blondeau / SWpix

Catalans centre Samisoni Langi could make his debut for the All Stars this Saturday. The 29-year-old has won seven caps for Tonga, but could represent France at this year’s World Cup tournament.

Shaun Kenny-Dowall (New Zealand)

Shaun Kenny-Dowall Hull KR Credit: PA Images
Shaun Kenny-Dowall Hull KR Credit: PA Images

The Hull KR captain will also lead the All Stars this Saturday at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. The 34-year-old recently signed a new one-year deal to remain at Craven Park for 2023.

Mahe Fonua (Tonga)

Castleford Credit: PA Images
Castleford Credit: PA Images

Mahe Fonua wasn’t named in the original squad back in April. However, he looks set to appear for the All Stars this Saturday after earning a call-up. He scored Castleford’s winning try over Toulouse last Saturday that saw them climb to sixth in the Super League table.

Jacob Miller (Australia)

Jacob Miller Wakefield Super League Credit: PA Images
Jacob Miller in action for Wakefield

Another player who was not originally included in Hanley’s squad is Wakefield half-back Jacob Miller. The off-contract 29-year-old has made 10 try assists so far in 2022, scoring three times in Super League.

Brodie Croft (Australia)

Brodie Croft Salford Combined Nations All Stars Credit: PA Images
Photo courtesy of Steve McCormick and Salford Red Devils

Brodie Croft only received his call-up this week due to suspensions and injuries hitting the All Stars squad. Mason Lino had previously been named, but will miss the game due to a one-match ban. However, his replacement in Croft has been an eye-catching signing for Salford so far this season. He has produced 11 try assists for the Red Devils so far in Super League.

Matt Prior (Australia)

Matt Prior Leeds Rhinos State of Origin Combined Nations All Stars Credit: PA Images
Matt Prior Leeds Rhinos State of Origin Combined Nations All Stars Credit: PA Images

You would expect Matt Prior to keep his starting position at prop from last year’s All Stars side. The Leeds forward has previously represented New South Wales in 2018 and has more than 250 games to his name across Super League and NRL.

Daryl Clark (Scotland)

Daryl Clark Warrington Wolves.jpg Credit: PA Images
Daryl Clark Warrington Wolves.jpg Credit: PA Images

Warrington’s Daryl Clark has found himself named in the All Stars team, representing his heritage of Scotland. The hooker has won eight caps for England to date, and also represented Great Britain in 2019. He will be looking to impress Wane to force his way back into his squad for the upcoming World Cup on home soil.

Chris Satae (Tonga)

Chris Satae Combined Nations All Stars.jpg Credit: PA Images
Chris Satae in action for the Combined Nations All Stars in 2021

Hull’s Chris Satae could once again line-up alongside Prior for the All Stars this weekend, having featured for the side last year. He has made 15 appearances so far this season in Super League, and recently celebrated his 50th appearance for the Black and Whites.

Kenny Edwards (New Zealand/Cook Islands)

Kenny Edwards Combined Nations All Stars Credit: PA Images
Kenny Edwards Combined Nations All Stars Credit: PA Images

Another player earning a recall is back-rower Kenny Edwards. The Castleford forward started for the All Stars last year and can represent both New Zealand and Cook Islands, the latter through heritage through his grandfather.

Rhys Martin (Papua New Guinea)

Combined Nations All Stars Credit: PA Images
Combined Nations All Stars Credit: PA Images

Goal-kicking back-rower Rhys Martin could make his All Stars debut this weekend. Despite a rollercoaster year so far for the Rhinos, Martin continues to impress. He could feature for the Kumuls at this year’s World Cup.

Zane Tetevano (New Zealand/Cook Islands)

Zane Tetevano Leeds Combined Nations All Stars Credit: PA Images
Zane Tetevano Leeds Combined Nations All Stars Credit: PA Images

Leeds’ number 13 Zane Tetevano is another player who could earn his All Stars debut this Saturday in Warrington under Hanley. To date, he has represented Cook Islands on five occasions and New Zealand three times in 2019.

Bench

There’s an argument for all remaining players to feature. However, our selected bench goes as follows…

Bench: Leeming, Fifita, Ma’u, Sao. 

It means that Joe Lovodua, Matt Parcell and Kelepi Tanginoa miss out. 

PODCAST: Andrew Henderson on Combined Nations All Stars & international rugby league

LOVE RUGBY LEAGUE: All the latest news, Podcast, App & Fantasy RL

The article How the Combined Nations All Stars could line-up against England appeared first on Loverugbyleague.com.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting