Warrington’s Adrian Morley will captain England for the Four Nations series in Australia and New Zealand which starts later this month. He is replacing injured Leeds Rhinos prop Jamie Peacock.
The squad announced to day also includes six Huddersfield players, including uncapped quartet Leroy Cudjoe, Luke Robinson, Darrell Griffin and Shaun Lunt.
England head coach Steve McNamara (quote) It is sad for Jamie but Adrian is held in a huge amount of respect on both sides of the world, on my recent trip to Australia everybody spoke very highly of him. (end quote)
Morley said (quote) It feels absolutely incredible, I have been lucky to captain Great Britain and England in one-off games but to lead a touring side is fantastic. It will be the highlight of my career without a doubt. (end quote)
England travel out on Friday and will face a warm-up game against New Zealand Maori in Auckland on 16 October before the games against New Zealand (Saturday, 23 October), Australia (Sunday, 31 October) and Papua New Guinea (Saturday, 6 November).
Backs: R Atkins (Warrington), T Briscoe (Hull), K Brown (Huddersfield), T Clubb (Harlequins), L Cudjoe (Huddersfield), D Goulding (Wigan), R Hall (Leeds), L Robinson (Huddersfield), S Tomkins (Wigan), M Shenton (Castleford), G Widdop (Melbourne).
Forwards: S Burgess (South Sydney), E Crabtree (Huddersfield), G Ellis (Wests Tigers), S Fielden (Wigan), J Graham (St Helens), D Griffin (Huddersfield), B Harrison (Warrington), S Lunt (Huddersfield), A Morley (Warrington, capt), S O’Loughlin (Wigan), J Roby (St Helens), J Tomkins (Wigan), B Westwood (Warrington).