Rugby League: Larder leaves out Schofield

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There are nine uncapped players but no place for the country's most experienced international in Phil Larder's 40-man training squad for the Centenary World Cup this autumn. The Leeds stand-off and former Great Britain captain, Garry Schofield, is the most notable absentee. "I felt last season that he had lost the sparkle that made him such an outstanding international player," Larder said. "If he gets it back, I will be delighted. The door is not closed to anyone."

The most rapid promotion among the newcomers is that of Wigan's 19-year- old threequarter, Kris Radlinski, who made his mark in the first team in the absence of Va'aiga Tuigamala only at the end of last season.

Larder has also named Phil Clarke, Denis Betts and Andy Platt, despite the fact that they are now playing in the Southern hemisphere and might not be free until the end of September.

ENGLAND SQUAD (Halifax Rugby League Centenary World Cup, October): Anderson (Halifax), Bentley (Halifax), Betts (Auckland), Cassidy (Wigan), Clarke (Sydney City Roosters), Connolly (Wigan), Crompton (Oldham), Cummins (Leeds), Edwards (Wigan), Andy Farrell (Wigan), Anthony Farrell (Sheffield), Fawcett (Workington), Nickle (St Helens), Goddard (Castleford), Goulding (St Helens), Harmon (Leeds), Harrison (Halifax), Hay (Sheffield), Holgate (Workington), Hunte (St Helens), Jackson (Sheffield), Joynt (St Helens), Mather (Wigan), McCurrie (Widnes), McDermott (Wigan), Molloy (Featherstone), Newlove (Bradford), Offiah (Wigan), Pearson (Featherstone), Pinkney (Keighley), Platt (Auckland), Powell (Keighley), Prescott (St Helens), Radlinski (Wigan), Robinson (Wigan), Sampson (Castleford), Smith (Castleford), Spruce (Widnes), Wainwright (Warrington), Wright (Wigan).

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