Former Castleford Tigers men making their mark in World Cup

England's Rangi Chase. Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com
England's Rangi Chase. Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

After both scored their first World Cup try for England last Saturday former Castleford Tigers team-mates Brett Ferres and Rangi Chase will be looking for the chance to add to their tally as the hosts now take on Fiji.

Ferres was back at his hometown club for the Castleford community bonfire and enjoyed some relaxation time before getting back to the business of preparing for some big hits likely to come his way against the Fijians at Hull’s KC Stadium this Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm).

Despite only being a last minute call-up back rower Ferres has started both World Cup games so far and has justified his place in the team as has half-back Chase.

Ex-Featherstone Lions junior Tom Briscoe was left out of the opener, but scored two tries against Ireland to press his claim over rival for the wing spot Josh Charnley.

Afterwards he said: “I wanted to take my chance and to stake my claim for a spot. I wanted to make it hard for Steve (McNamara) and hopefully I have done enough to keep my place. I knew this was my opportunity.”

Another former Lions junior, Zak Hardaker, however, has withdrawn from the England squad because of “personal issues”.

The 22-year-old Leeds Rhinos full-back was not chosen for either of the first two tournament matches with illness cited by head coach McNamara as the reason for his absence last weekend.

An England Rugby League statement read: “Due to personal issues, Zak Hardaker is unable to commit to the England Rugby League programme.

“He has informed the England RL management team that he wishes to withdraw from the squad and will not play any further part in Rugby League World Cup 2013.

“England Rugby League will work with Zak’s club, Leeds Rhinos, to support him during this period.”

Former Castleford head coach Terry Matterson, meanwhile, has enjoyed a successful return to England by guiding the USA to two wins and they will top their group whatever the result of their final match against Scotland this evening.