Charnley set for England start

Wigans Josh Charnley is tackled.
Wigans Josh Charnley is tackled.

CHORLEY rugby league star Josh Charnley set for his first international start.

The Wigan Warriors wing has caught the eye of the England selectors this season and coach Steve McNamara has named him the team for Saturday’s match with the Exiles at Langtree Park.

The ex-Chorley Panther has been earning rave reviews in his second full season with the Warriors senior team and is currently top try-scorer in the Super League with 22 touchdowns.

His former club are delighted about his success.

Chairman Peter Bridge said: “For a club like the Panthers to have a player in the England team is great.

“It will be a great occasion because our U11 side will be at the game and are the mascots so they will hopefully get to meet him.

“I coached Josh from a young age and I am not surprised that he has made it because he was a special player and was very professional.

“It is a good time for him to get in especially with the World Cup around the corner.

“He is just the start of things to come as we have a few youngsters who have been through the England youth set-up and are at Super League academies.”