England v Exiles: Brett Ferres called up by Steve McNamara

Brett Ferres

Huddersfield back-rower Brett Ferres has been called into the England squad for the International Origin fixture against the Exiles on 14 June.

The 27-year-old has scored eight tries in 16 games this season for the Giants.

However there is no place for St Helens' Jon Wilkin, Hull FC's Tom Briscoe, Warrington's Garreth Carvell or Widnes' Gareth Hock.

Wakefield winger Ben Cockayne is also left out from the

Ferres' club team-mate prior to Steve McNamara's announcement, having failed to earn selection for the Autumn tri-series in 2012 and the Elite squad.

Injuries have also hampered the former Bradford coach's options, with the Leeds Rhinos trio of Carl Ablett, Danny McGuire and centre Kallum Watkins unavailable, in addition to Wigan hooker Michael McIllorum and Hull FC second-row Danny Tickle.

"We have been unfortunate with the injury list," added McNamara.

"However there is continuity about the squad make-up. We will reward those players that have been part of the programme over the past couple of years.

"They continue to be the most consistent performers in the Super League each week, which is testament to their qualities as rugby league players."

Wigan and Leeds have contributed five players each to the England squad, with Warrington providing four, and are likely to provide further strength to the Exiles pool.

and has form in the fixture after he led the side to success in 2011.

As Australia and New Zealand select their national sides from their domestic NRL league, the Exiles competition gives overseas players in Super League the opportunity for representative rugby.

The two sides shared a win apiece in last year's two-game series, while this season's match is preparation for the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup which begins in October.

"The International Origin will be the perfect test for us," McNamara said,

"Since its inception two years ago, the matches have been intense affairs. The Exiles will want to upset our plans and our players know they will be in for an battle. It should be a cracker."


Rob Burrow (Leeds Rhinos), Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors), Rangi Chase (Castleford Tigers), Eorl Crabtree (Huddersfield Giants), Leroy Cudjoe (Huddersfield Giants), Gareth Ellis (Hull FC), Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors), Brett Ferres (Huddersfield Giants), Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos), Zak Hardaker (Leeds Rhinos), Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves), Jamie Jones-Buchanan (Leeds Rhinos), Adrian Morley (Warrington Wolves), Lee Mossop (Wigan Warriors), Richie Myler (Warrington Wolves), Sean O'Loughlin (Wigan Warriors), James Roby (St Helens), Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos), Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors), Ben Westwood (Warrington Wolves)