Lawton named in England Lions squad

Doncaster Toll Bar’s Kieron Lawton has been named in the England Community Lions Youth Development Squad for 2019.

Wednesday, 5th June 2019, 9:26 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th June 2019, 6:43 pm
Kieron Lawton

The 16-year-old outside back signed for Doncaster RLFC on a deal until the end of the season in April but is still eligible to play for Toll Bar.

He was selected for England after featuring in a trial match for Yorkshire.

The Youth programme is designed to retain players within the game, as well as offer representative opportunities, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences through competitions and cultural experiences.

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This year’s development squad met for the first time on May 25 and will have additional monthly training sessions monthly before being reduced from 24-man to 20-man ahead of this year’s Home Nations Series against Wales and Scotland.

Following the Home Nations, the entire 24-man squad will regather to prepare for the Under-19s European Championships in September 2020.

Allan Coleman, director of rugby for the Lions Programme, said: “This year has been a really tough selection process for the coaching staff across both development days and the youth origin games.

“Competition for spaces was extremely high, and I do believe the new process we have introduced into selection has allowed us the opportunity to select the strongest players from across the country.

“I feel we have selected a very strong and talented squad, and I am excited to see their progression and development across the next 18 months, as we begin to build towards the 2020 Under-19s European Championships.”