Also be interested to see how our own Sam Tomkins goes with a solid forward pack in front of him. Will he make a linebreak from a kick return? Will his old combos with the Wigan lads produce results for the team?
They will miss Surgess but also be without Mike McIlorum who is easily the best hooker going in England. Wonder what Shaun Lunt has to do to get a call up and why no St Helens players are being used?
Halves is a huge weakness for them, especially the cover. Gareth Widdop goes good but you have Kevin Sinfield retired (didnt like him anyway) and Jack Reed injured. Might see Sam Tomkins at halfback or Matty Smith. Surely theyre not going to put Stefan Ratchford there! Havent watched much of Leeds this year but Zak Hardaker has filled in at the halves before.
England kick off their Four Nations when they face Samoa in Brisbane on October 25. Double Header with Australia playing the Kiwis...
ENGLAND NAME 2014 FOUR NATIONS SQUAD
October 5, 2014
ENGLAND coach Steve McNamara has named a 24-man squad for the upcoming Four Nations in Australia and New Zealand.
The side will be captained by Wigan forward Sean O’Loughlin who takes over from Leeds veteran Kevin Sinfield who announced his international retirement earlier this year.
The squad includes six NRL based players including George and Tom Burgess, Mike Cooper, Gareth Widdop, Sam Tomkins and James Graham.
England coach, Steve McNamara, said: “We spent a long time selecting this squad and there were some close calls with a lot of competition for places. But ultimately we chose the players who will give us the best chance of winning a major tournament in Australasia for the first time since 1990, when Great Britain defeated New Zealand.
“We have a tremendous challenge in front of us but I know the players have the desire, appetite and quality to do English rugby league proud in this tournament.
“Sean O’Loughlin is a great leader and has been left a positive legacy from Kevin (Sinfield). He is excited and honoured to be captaining the national set-up and will impose his experience and qualities on the rest of the group. In particular, his attention detail and work ethic will inspire the players both on and off the field.”
The England squad for the 2014 Four Nations:
George Burgess – South Sydney Rabbitohs
Joe Burgess – Wigan Warriors
Tom Burgess – South Sydney Rabbitohs
Josh Charnley – Wigan Warriors
Daryl Clark – Castleford Tigers
Mike Cooper – St George Illawarra Dragons
Liam Farrell – Wigan Warriors
Brett Ferres – Huddersfield Giants
James Graham – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Ryan Hall – Leeds Rhinos
Zak Hardaker – Leeds Rhinos
Chris Hill – Warrington Wolves
Josh Hodgson – Hull KR
Sean O’Loughlin (c) – Wigan Warriors
Stefan Ratchford – Warrington Wolves
Dan Sarginson – Wigan Warriors
Michael Shenton – Castleford Tigers
Matty Smith – Wigan Warriors
Joel Tomkins – Wigan Warriors
Sam Tomkins – New Zealand Warriors
Kallum Watkins – Leeds Rhinos
Joe Westerman – Hull FC
Elliott Whitehead – Catalans Dragons
Gareth Widdop – St George Illawarra Dragons