Seven members of Cumbria’s squad selected to take on Jamaica next month play their rugby out of the county.
The bulk of Paul Crarey’s squad are with his Barrow team or Whitehaven and Workington Town, as Cumbria prepares to return to the national stage against World Cup contenders.
Included in the 26-strong squad is the Love Island competitor Jacques O’Neill from Barrow, who has recently been released by his Super League club Castleford.
Also from out of the county are Kyle Amor (St Helens), Brad Singleton, Sam Halsall and Harvie Hill (Wigan), Brad Walker (Wakefield) and Gregg McNally (Rochdale).
Understandably, in view of their successful season in the Championship, Barrow have nine representatives in the squad – Tee Ritson, Luke Cresswell, Ryan Shaw, Brett Carter, Jake Carter, Ryan Johnson, Ellis Gillam, Connor Saunders, Tom Hopkins.
Whitehaven will be represented by Andrew Bulman, Curtis Teare, Tom Walker, Luke Broadbent, Perry Singleton and Liam McAvoy.
The Workington Town players are Jamie Doran, Conor Fitzsimmons, Steve Scholey and Jordan Thomson.
The game with Jamaica is being played at Derwent Park on Friday, October 7.