Lachlan Coote has become the second player to be called up with Great Britain coach Wayne Bennett.
Coote, who has British ancestry and played at the 2016 Four Nations Series for Scotland, combines Warrington stand-off Blake Austin in a performance squad to prepare for the tour to Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.
Coote’s Saints team-mate Morgan Knowles, who played for Wales is one of five brand fresh faces but winger Regan Grace isn’t among them.
Rather Bennett has called up the Major try-scorer at Super League at 2019, Leeds Rhinos winger Ash Handley.
“As we’ve said because the yield of the Great Britain team was announced at the start of the calendar year, we’ve considered everyone who’s qualified and places themselves forward,” Bennett said.
“Along with this functionality squad of players located in England and France, we have got another set of players based in the NRL to consider – and there is still time for others that are eligible to impress and force their way ”
Another newcomers are Warrington Wolves ahead Joe Philbin, who played for Ireland and Salford Red Devils next rower Josh Jones. St Helens forward Matty Lees could have been a face that was sixth but for injury.
Also ruled out by injury are Castleford half-back Luke Gale while Warrington next rower Ben Currie was made out to allow him to have a after his injury problems and Wakefield winger Tom Johnstone.
The squad will meet for the very first time in Leeds to begin the preparations. Coaching will start in October during the Super League show.
The group is expected to be captained by Wigan and England skipper Sean O’Loughlin, who’s set to come back from a pectoral injury before the end of their season.
He and St Helens hooker James Roby are the players in the Super League-based squad to get represented Great Britain in the past.
The squad was chosen by a seven-man panel that also included also three former Lions vacationers and Danny Ward, group manager Jamie Peacock and coaches Ian Watson in Paul Sculthorpe, Paul Anderson and Paul Wellens.
The final 24-man group will be announced within 48 hours of the Grand Final. The Lions’ first game will be against Tonga at Hamilton on Saturday.
Great Britan elite performance group: Jake Trueman, Liam Watts (equally 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 of 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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