Four Castleford Tigers players were in the England Academy team for the second Test against France at Catalans Dragons’ ground in Perpignan last Friday.
Calum Turner started at full-back, Robbie Storey was at centre, Callum McLelland at stand-off and Luis Johnson in the back row.
In addition former Lock Lane junior Cameron Smith, now with Leeds Rhinos, skippered the side, but he could not lead England to a victory as a late try and drop-goal saw them beaten 31-26.
They had won the first Test 19-18 thanks to a late drop-goal by the Tigers’ McLelland.
But in the second game it was the hosts who opened up an 18-6 half-time lead and went on to edge the contest despite Johnson creating and scoring a try for England, whose other try scorers were Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos, two) and Will Oakes (City of Hull, two). Oakes also kicked three goals.