Four newcomers, Bradley Ho, Kieran Rush, AJ Wallace, and Alex Young – are included in Jamaica’s 24-man squad, as the Reggae Warriors prepare to make their debut in the Rugby League World Cup.
Fourteen of those selected were part of the squad that qualified for the tournament when winning the 2018 Americas Championship, Jamaica thereby becoming the first-ever Caribbean nation to be included in the competition proper.
The squad is headlined by Betfred Super League stars Michael Lawrence and Ashton Golding from Huddersfield Giants.
Six players from the domestic game are included, five are from Duhaney Park Red Sharks who recently won the National Club Championship Grand Final for the eighth time in 16 seasons, along with former Excelsior Community College speedster Abevia McDonald, who now plays at London Skolars.
The Reggae Warriors are drawn in Group C and will face Ireland on October 16, 2008 World Cup winners New Zealand on October 22 and Lebanon on October 30.
Two teams from each group will not only advance to the quarter finals but will also book their ticket to the 2025 Rugby League World Cup to be staged in France.
The local contingent will depart the island on Saturday October 1.