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Bennett open to all eligible players

2nd September 2019, 17:44 by Tom Hill

Great Britain boss Wayne Bennett has selected five uncapped players in his Elite Performance Squad ahead of this year's Lions tour.

Ireland's Joe Philbin has been joined in the squad by Wales' Morgan Knowles and Scotland's Lachlan Coote.

Bennett has also called up England Knights winger Ash Handley, while Salford's Josh Jones is given his first chance of international rugby.

The Australian coach has named a 29-man squad from the home nations-qualified players, but a number of NRL-based players will be considered at the end of the season.

Great Britain will play Tonga, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea and Bennett has urged all eligible players to take their chance in the coming months.

He told BBC Sport: "As we've said since the return of the Great Britain team was announced at the start of the year, we have considered everyone who is eligible and puts themselves forward.

"As well as this Performance Squad of players based in England and France, we've got another group of players based in the NRL to consider - and there's still time for others who are eligible to impress and force their way in."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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