Hull KR trio capable of pushing for England World Cup selection in 2025 including new signing

Hull KR trio capable of pushing for England World Cup selection in 2025 including new signing

Updated: 12 days, 14 hours, 45 minutes, 36 seconds ago

In three years' time England will head to France looking to have another crack at World Cup glory. Shaun Wane's squad consisted of just one Hull KR this campaign, with veteran winger and long-term England member Ryan Hall playing twice during the team's passage to the semi-finals.

The hope for the club is that come 2025, more Rovers stars are playing in the national team as it is generally a fair reflection of on-field success. As an example, only two of the 18 Super League-based players in the squad played for clubs that finished in the bottom half of the table.

Given the age of the squad, plenty of change is expected in the next few years. Taking that into account, Hull Live takes a look at the KR stars who could navigate their way into England contention in the next World Cup cycle.

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Jez Litten

One of the big talking points during England's campaign was the selection of Micky McIlorum, with many supporters dissatisfied with the selection of the Catalans Dragons hooker. Regardless, the Catalans hooker will be 37 come France and almost certainly off the international scene.

It leaves someone with an opportunity to step up and it's hard to think of many better equipped than Litten, who was really starting to come into his own at the end of the year. The 24-year-old has amassed substantial experience now, with 67 Super League appearances under his belt. Now he enters a critical period in his career which will determine just how far he can go.

He's gone a long way to fulfilling his potential but now the challenge is to push on again. His running threat is obvious but by the back end of the season, he was displaying a sound kicking game too. A tackle completion rate of 93.5 per cent matches the defensive efforts of even the best hookers in Super League too.

If he can maintain his end-of-season form, he could be in the England reckoning sooner rather than later. The opportunity is there.

James Batchelor

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Anyone who watched the new KR man closely last year will have seen his progression. He was arguably Wakefield's best player last season, churning out impressive performances on a consistent basis.

Now, playing in a side really looking to push on, Batchelor has the platform to ascend up the ranks once again. He's still only 24 and has over 100 games to his name. If he can continue to improve at his current rate he'll quickly be in the mix alongside his brother, Joe.

There is plenty of competition. Even if Elliott Whitehead moves on, there will still be the likes of John Bateman, Mike McMeeken and Kai Pearce-Paul to contend with, as well as his brother. Throw in the rapidly rising Morgan Gannon, it's fair to say there is a heap of talent to pick from. But Batchelor can definitely be in the conversation.

Jordan Abdull

There might be a feeling of what could have been within Abdull. The halfback made his England debut last Autumn and spoke of his desire to push on after the experience. However, a serious injury ended his season and his World Cup hopes.

But there is an opportunity now to reestablish himself. Come 2025 it's likely that Sam Tomkins won't be in the squad, moving Jack Welsby to fullback. That will leave England and Shaun Wane looking for a new partner for George Williams.

There are other candidates. Jake Trueman, Lewis Dodd and Harry Smith all have the potential to push on, and it would be amiss to not mention Mikey Lewis either. But the same can be said of Abdull, who is still only 26 years of age. But if Abdull finds the form that saw him earn international honours 12 months ago, he will give himself a chance.

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