England hero Ferres spurred on by his grandad

Brett Ferres, proving a big hit with England.
Brett Ferres, proving a big hit with England.

Castleford raised Brett Ferres has revealed how his sudden international try spree is proving costly for a close family member.

Back rower Ferres was an England hero and the man of the match as he crossed for two crucial tries in their 26-12 win over New Zealand at Hull, just a week after bagging a hat-trick against France.

After his latest heroics the former Castleford Tigers player, now at Huddersfield, said he is on a try scoring bonus from an unusual source.

He said: “My grandad still pays me!

“It’s nice to get them [tries] and obviously they make a massive difference in what we’re trying to achieve, so if they are there for me then obviously I’ll gladly accept them.”

Ferres has been a substitute in England’s games so far this autumn, but has made a big impact in both and agrees the benchmen can play a key role.

He said: “You put 13 out who you think will make the best start and then you bring players on who you think can make an impact and make a difference and I think all four of us did that.

“We contributed to the team and what we were trying to achieve. It’s a 17 man game nowadays, which was proved again [on Sunday].”

After going one up in the three-match series against the Kiwis, England are now targeting further success at London’s Olympic Stadium this Saturday and Ferres reckons there is still more to come from the team.

He added: “We’re obviously happy to win and it was a fantastic milestone for us to get that first win, so obviously now we’ve got something to build on. But I think can play better.

“We’re still a new group, we’ve got a young half-back in there and two players who haven’t played at halves before in Gaz [Gareth Widdop] and George [Williams].

“A few others were only making their second cap as well, so it’s looking great for the future.

“It’s still fresh in the tournament and it’s nice to go 1-0 up, but we’ll put that away now and build for this week.”