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York Acorn's Adam Endersby back in England team
ADAM ENDERSBY is back playing international amateur rugby league after a six-year hiatus – and will be joined in the team by young York Acorn ARLC team-mate Joe Porter.
Endersby was named in the 38-man England Lions train-on squad ahead of the Community Game Four Nations tournament against Scotland, Ireland and Wales earlier this year.
The 31-year-old forward has now been picked for the 19-man squad that takes on Ireland tomorrow as England defend their Four Nations crown.
And he was joined in the party that headed to London today by fellow Acorn forward Porter, 20, who has also won a call-up, after impressing in a season in which he has scored ten tries in 19 appearances.
Acorn coach Scott Rhodes said both had been standout players this season, even with Acorn bottom of the National Conference League premier division.
“They’ve had fantastic seasons for us,” he said. “Adam is really strong and he plays a lot of minutes at front row, which is fantastic. I’m sure he’ll do well at this next level.
“Joe is a natural athlete – he’s got it all really. He’s big, strong, quick, with good feet and an offload game. His temperament is good as well. He’s still young but he takes some stopping and he hits pretty hard too.”
Endersby previously had a spell at York City Knights, but struggled to break into the Championship team. Porter was formerly in a Knights under-18s squad and was invited into their U20s team this year.
“I think if he had been taken on by a Super League club at 13 or 14 he’d be a Super League player now,” added Rhodes of Porter. “He’s slipped the (pro) net somewhere along the line. He’s a bit green at times but he’s a very good player.”
Endersby had thought his chance at playing international rugby again was over, having last played for the then Great Britain Community Lions in 2007 before trying his luck with the Knights.
“I didn’t think I would get another opportunity so when I got the call I was buzzing that people had taken notice of my hard work,” he said, having got back into the selectors’ notice last season as Acorn won promotion to the premier division.
“It is a massive achievement for us, Acorn and the city of York.”
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