Lachlan Coote called into Great Britain performance squad for 2019 Lions tour to New Zealand

Lachlan Coote has come to be the next player to be called up by Great Britain coach Wayne Bennett.
Coote, who played at the 2016 Four Nations Series and has British ancestry, unites Warrington stand-off Blake Austin at a performance group to prepare for the tour to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
Coote’s Saints team-mate Morgan Knowles, who played for Wales is one of five brand new faces but his team-mate for club and country, winger Regan Grace, isn’t one of them.
Rather Bennett has called up Leeds Rhinos winger Ash Handley.
“As we’ve said because the return of the Great Britain team was announced at the beginning of the calendar year, we have considered everyone who’s eligible and places themselves forward,” Bennett said.
“As well as this performance team of players in England and France, we have got another set of players based from the NRL to think about – and there’s still time for many others who are qualified to impress and push their way ”
The newcomers are Salford Red Devils rower Josh Jones, also Warrington Wolves ahead Joe Philbin, who played for Ireland in the World Cup. St Helens forward Matty Lees would have been a face that was but for harm.
Also ruled out through injury are Castleford half-back Luke Gale while Warrington second rower Ben Currie was left out to allow him to have a full and Wakefield winger Tom Johnstone.
The group will meet for the very first time in Leeds following Tuesday to start the preparations. Training will begin during the Super League series in October.
The squad is expected to be captained by England and Wigan skipper Sean O’Loughlin, who is set to come back prior to the end of the domestic season from a pectoral injury.
St Helens hooker James Roby also he would be the only players in the Super squad to get represented Great Britain at the past.
The squad was selected by a seven-man panel that contained three former Lions vacationers and Danny Ward, staff manager Jamie Peacock and assistant coaches Ian Watson in Paul Sculthorpe, Paul Anderson and Paul Wellens.
The last group will be announced on October 12 within two days of the Grand Final. The Lions’ first game will be at Hamilton on Saturday.
Amazing Britan elite performance group: Jake Trueman, Liam Watts (both Castleford), Sam Tomkins (Catalans Dragons), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield), Jake Connor, Jamie Shaul, Scott Taylor (all of Hull FC), Ash Handley, Stevie Ward (equally Leeds), Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Mark Percival, J Roby, Luke Thompson, Alex Walmsley, Morgan Knowles, Lachlan Coote (all St Helens), Jack Jones (Salford), Reece Lyne (Wakefield), Blake Austin, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford (all of Warrington), Oliver Gildart, Sean O’Loughlin, George Williams (all of Wigan)

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