London star picked in Four Nations opener
PUBLISHED: 16:39 28 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:39 28 October 2016
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Sarginson selected as England face New Zealand
London rugby league star Dan Sarginson has been included in Wayne Bennett’s 19-man squad to face New Zealand in this weekend’s Four Nations opener in Huddersfield.
Former London Broncos player Sarginson, who has been hindered by injury in the past two years, is back in the squad for the first time since England played the Kiwis in the 2014 Four Nations.
Joining him in the squad after a lengthy spell out is Sam Burgess, who returns as England captain, and makes his first appearance since the Rugby League World Cup semi-final against New Zealand at Wembley Stadium in 2013, following his return to rugby league having spent some time playing in rugby union.
Chris Hill, John Bateman and George Williams also return to the squad following being rested for last weekend’s test match victory against France in Avignon.
Bennett said: “I was pleased with the way the players conducted themselves last week in France and the hard work they put in.
“There’s things we’ve looked at in the game and worked on this week. The boys know the pressure and the intensity will rise as we get closer to Saturday – it’s a challenge we’re all looking forward to.
“We’ve got a strong squad here who are ready to go and desperate to play to show us what they can do which is good to see.”
The 23-year-old Sarginson, who is moving to Australia shortly after the tournament to join NRL side Gold Coast Titans, will be hoping to cement his place in England’s Four Nations squad, with the aim of returning to London to face Australia on Sunday, November 13 (2pm) in the penultimate match of the tournament at the London Stadium.
After this weekend’s clash against the Kiwis, England meet Scotland in Coventry on November 5 before taking on the Aussies at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in their first match against them on home soil since 2013.
England 19-man squad v New Zealand (professional club and community club in brackets): John Bateman (Wigan Warriors, Bradford Dudley Hill); George Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor); Sam Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor); Thomas Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor); Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves, Fryston Warriors); Mike Cooper (Warrington Wolves/St George-Illwarra Dragons, Latchford Albion); Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks); Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers, Middleton Marauders); James Graham (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, Blackbrook); Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders); Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves, New Spring Lions); Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders, East Hull); Jonny Lomax (St Helens, Orrell St James); Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants, Deighton Juniors); Dan Sarginson (Wigan Warriors / Gold Coast Titans, Hemel Stags); Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion); Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders, West Bowling); Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons, King Cross); George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks).
The game against New Zealand can be viewed on BBC One from 1.15pm or listened to on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra from 2.00pm.
The 2016 Ladbrokes Four Nations featuring England, Australia, New Zealand and Scotland starts on Friday, October 28 and more than 50 per cent of tickets are priced at £25 or less.
Buy tickets at rugby-league.com/tickets or call the Rugby League Ticket Hotline on 0844 856 1113 (calls to this number will cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.)
Ladbrokes Four Nations
Friday October 28 (8pm): Australia v Scotland, Lightstream Stadium, Hull
Saturday October 29 (2.30pm): England v New Zealand, The John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield
Saturday November 5 (5.30pm): England v Scotland, Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Saturday November 5 (8pm): New Zealand v Australia, Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Friday November 11 (8pm): New Zealand v Scotland, The Zebra Claims Stadium, Workington
Sunday November 13 (2pm): England v Australia, The London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
Sunday November 20 (2.30pm): Final, Anfield, Liverpool