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Peterlee back Watson set for England Lionhearts opener

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Peterlee Pumas half-back Luke Watson has been named in the England amateur squad for Saturday's Four Nations opener against Scotland in Glasgow.

Watson was among six North East players to be called up, but is the only one to be named in the opening 13.

Northallerton centre Craig Sykes is named on the bench, although club team-mate Don Payne misses out.

Jarrow duo Andy Gray and Barry Walker and Wallsend hooker Jimmy Baldwin are the other absentees.

Team for Saturday's game:

First XIII: Nathan Walmsley (Nottingham), Drew Harper (Birmingham), Oli O'Mara (Hemel), Sam Montague (Coventry), Alex Rigby (St Helens Titans), Rudie Van der Merwe (St Albans), Luke Watson (Peterlee), Dan Stubbs (Crewe and Nantwich), Scott Holder (Kippax), Wayne Courtnage (West Bank), Martyn Bradshaw (St Helens Titans), Matty Smith (South London), Cariern Clements (West London).

Interchanges: Craig Sykes (Northallerton), Jack Claydon (Somerset), Dan Reeds (Lincoln), Robert Firth (Kippax), Andrew Lake (St Albans)



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