Jonathan Davies backs Wales stars for Great Britain 2019 tour call-ups

Jonathan Davies hopes to see representation from all of the Home Nations when Great Britain return to the international rugby league stage after a 12-year absence this year.

The Lions have been mothballed since 2007 but will tour New Zealand for the first time since 1996 in October, playing Tests against the Kiwis, Tonga and Papua New Guinea.

Dual-code international Davies expects Wayne Bennett’s squad to be England-dominated, but he has argued the case for the rest of the Home Nations.

“We’ve got a couple of Welsh boys doing quite well,” Davies said.

“Morgan Knowles is going well and you’ve also got Regan Grace from St Helens playing well.

“If Ben Flower of Wigan can regain his form, maybe he would be in and half-backs have always been an issue so (Scotland international) Danny Brough could be there, who knows?”

Former Wales rugby union international Davies won 10 caps for Great Britain between 1989 and 1994 after switching codes, enjoying spells with both Widnes and Warrington.

But while he would be delighted to see the squad feature representatives from nations other than England, Davies knows those players must earn their place in head coach Bennett’s squad.

“I’ve got fond memories of playing for Great Britain and, even though it will be predominantly English players, it’s good to get the brand going again,” said Davies.

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