Rugby Australia-born Hastings named in GB Lions squad

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Jackson Hastings, who will join Wigan Warriors for the 2020 season, made his last appearance for Salford in Saturday’s Grand Final defeat by St Helens

Super League Man of Steel Jackson Hastings has been named in the 24-man Great Britain Lions squad for the tour to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

The 24-year-old Australian qualifies for Great Britain through a Plymouth-born grandparent and helped Salford reach this season’s Grand Final.

Wigan full-back Zak Hardaker has also been included in Wayne Bennett’s squad, who will be captained by James Graham.

The Lions, touring for the first time since 2006, will play four games.

They face Tonga in New Zealand on 26 October, before two matches against New Zealand and a final fixture against PNG on 16 November.

Great Britain, who played their first international game against the Kiwis in 1908, have not played abroad since touring Australia and New Zealand in 2006.

With the three home nations competing separately in the 2008 World Cup, the Lions were disbanded after a 3-0 home series win over New Zealand in 2007.

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