World Cup Call For Aaron Jones-Bishop
September 28, 2022
Cornwall star Aaron Jones-Bishop has been named in Jamaica’s 24-man squad for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup.
The 32-year-old makes history by becoming the first Cornwall player to receive a senior international call up and then, it is hoped, that the Leeds-born man will go on to represent the Choughs on the world stage.
Jones-Bishop is also joined in the squad by his brother Ben with four newcomers – Bradley Ho, AJ Wallace, Alex Young and Kieran Rush all making head coach Romeo Monteith’s cut.
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.
Along with the Jones-Bishop brothers, Huddersfield Giants pair Michael Lawrence and Ashton Goulding are other standout names chosen by the Reggae Warriors, who will begin their campaign against Ireland at Headingley on Sunday, October 16.
Six players from the domestic Jamaican game are included with the bulk of those coming from Duhaney Park Red Sharks, who recently won the National Club Championship Grand Final for the eighth time in 16 seasons.
“We are excited to mix it with the best players in the world and everyone is ready to give their all,” enthused Monteith. “We encourage everyone to get behind this team and join us on what should be a terrific as well as historic journey.
“We first made our international debut in 2009, and to have qualified for a World Cup less than 10 years later speaks to our commitment and tenacity.
“We are in a very tough group, but our aim is to give a good account of ourselves. The World Cup is the pinnacle of the game, and we hope this will be the first of many appearances.”
Before their campaign gets underway, Jamaica will play a Cumbrian select side at Workington on October 7. And after the tournament opener against the Irish, they face New Zealand at Hull FC’s MKM Stadium on October 22. The Reggae Warriors’ group campaign ends against Lebanon at Leigh on October 30.
Two sides from Jamaica’s group will progress to the quarter-final stage and also gain automatic qualification to the next World Cup, which will be hosted by France by 2025.
Jamaica squad: Johnson (Batley), Wallace (Bradford), A Jones-Bishop (Cornwall), B Jones-Bishop, Farrell (Sheffield), Peltier, Tomlinson (Dewsbury), Bailey, McKain, Simpson, Thompson, Wade (Duhaney), Woodburn-Hall (Halifax), Golding, Lawrence, Rush (Huddersfield), Ho, Agoro (Keighley), McDonald (London Skolars), Brown, Young (Workington), Ogden (York), Andrade, Coleman (unattached).