England name Kris Welham in Four Nations training squad

England coach Steve McNamara
Steve McNamara's squad will take shape once the play-offs are complete

England have named uncapped Hull KR centre Kris Welham in their initial training squad for the Four Nations, which starts next month.

The 24-year-old is the only Rovers player in coach Steve McNamara's squad for the matches against Australia, New Zealand and Wales.

McNamara has also called up Tom Briscoe and Kirk Yeaman after Hull's exit from the Super League play-offs.

Other players will be added once their club commitments are completed.

Welham enjoyed a successful season, scoring 26 tries as Hull KR finished seventh in Super League before being eliminated from the play-offs by Catalan Dragons.

Centre Yeaman, who was not in the elite training squad, has also had a strong season, leading to McNamara ending his four-year absence from the international scene.

The training squad also includes Australia-based duo Jack Reed (Brisbane) and Chris Heighington (Wests Tigers).

The Four Nations gets under way on 28 October, when Australia meet New Zealand. England's first match is against Wales the following day at the Leigh Sports Village Stadium.

The final takes place on 19 November at Elland Road, Leeds.

Meanwhile, 11 players have been added to the England Knights' squad as they begin preparations for next month's matches against France and Samoa.

They are Hull KR trio Jordan Cox, Scott Taylor and Liam Watts, Salford's Jodie Broughton, Matty Smith and Warrington-bound Stefan Ratchford, the Hull duo of Joe Westerman and Danny Houghton, Castleford centre Joe Arundel, Bradford second rower James Donaldson and Harlequins half-back Luke Gale.

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