MORGAN Knowles and his fellow pack members at St Helens have drawn praise from one of the club's greats after their impressive start to the 2019 season continued last Friday.

The former Ulverston and Barrow Island youth player was involved again for the Saints as they made it seven wins from seven in Super League with an eye-catching 42-12 away to second-placed Castleford Tigers.

St Helens aim to extend their unbeaten run when they host Hull Kingston Rovers – who have Barrovian Ryan Shaw in the squad – this Friday and former player Paul Sculthorpe praised the forwards for their role in the team's flying start.

"I commented after the game about how fit and mobile our forward pack look," wrote Sculthorpe in his weekly column for the St Helens Star.

"I’ve already mentioned our big fellas up front, also including Matty Lees, but also our edge back-rowers and interchanges who are causing teams no end of troubles."

Castleford Tigers are looking to bounce back away to Leeds Rhinos in tomorrow night's televised game and Haverthwaite's Will Maher comes into the 19-man squad for the first time this year after recovering from a pectoral injury sustained in pre-season.

Brad Singleton is in the Leeds squad again as well.

n JOE Bullock's star continues to rise in the full-time game after being included in the 34-man England Knights Performance Squad for 2019.

The prop has enjoyed a rapid rise since joining Wigan Warriors from Barrow Raiders at the end of last season, featuring in all of their games so far.

The Knights will have a get-together with the full England squad next month and further training camps throughout the year, with details of at least one home match for when Great Britain tour the Southern Hemisphere due to be confirmed.

n FORMER Raiders player Ryan Burroughs has made a cross-code switch to Washington-based Major League Rugby side Old Glory DC for 2019.

Burroughs, who made 12 appearances and scored one try on loan at Barrow last year, had been without a club since leaving Toronto Wolfpack over the winter.