Morley rugby league star Stevie Ward has received his first call-up to the England squad following news that his Leeds Rhinos team-mate Brett Ferres has been ruled out of the Ladbrokes Four Nations tournament after picking up a calf injury.
Ward, 22, will now join the England squad training in London and could be handed an immediate debut on Saturday when England take on France in Avignon in a warm-up for the Four Nations with head coach Wayne Bennett declaring his intention to give game time to all the players in the squad that have not played since the end of the Super 8s.
For the Morley lad it will be a remarkable change in fortunes after he missed most of the last year through a serious knee injury.
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.)
Full 2016 Ladbrokes Four Nations schedule is as follows:
Friday October 28 (8.00pm): Australia v Scotland, Lightstream Stadium, Hull
Saturday October 29 (2.30pm): (General Admission Sold Out) England v New Zealand, The John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield
Saturday November 5 (5.30pm): England v Scotland, Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Saturday November 5 (8.00pm): New Zealand v Australia, Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Friday November 11 (8.00pm): New Zealand v Scotland, The Zebra Claims Stadium, Workington
Sunday November 13 (2.00pm): England v Australia, The London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
Sunday November 20 (2.30pm): Final, Anfield, Liverpool