Lachlan Coote Called🔊 into Great Britain Performance Squad for 2019 Lions Tour to 🇳🇿New Zealand

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Lachlan Coote has become the second Australia-born player to be called up by Great Britain coach Wayne Bennett.

Coote, who has British ancestry and played for Scotland in the 2016 Four Nations Series, joins Warrington stand-off Blake Austin in a 29-strong performance squad to prepare for the end-of-season tour to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Coote's Saints team-mate Morgan Knowles, who played for Wales in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, is also one of five new faces but winger Regan Grace, his team-mate for club and country, is not among them.

Instead Bennett has called up Leeds Rhinos winger Ash Handley, the leading try-scorer in Super League in 2019.

"As we've said since the return of the Great Britain team was announced at the start of the year, we have considered everyone who is eligible and puts themselves forward," Bennett said.

"As well as this performance squad of players based in England and France, we've got another group of players based in the NRL to consider - and there's still time for others who are eligible to impress and force their way in."

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