Tigers star set to play in final

TIGERS star Rangi Chase in action for England. PICTURE: VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM.
TIGERS star Rangi Chase in action for England. PICTURE: VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM.

CASTLEFORD Tigers star Rangi Chase will almost certainly retain his England place in tomorrow’s (Saturday) Four Nations final against Australia at Elland Road (6pm).

Half-back Chase (pictured), who is in the 21-man squad for the sell-out clash, was praised by England coach Steve McNamara for his performance in last weekend’s 28-6 win against New Zealand.

McNamara said: “I thought it was Rangi’s most controlled performance for England and he opened them up a few times times with some lovely passes.”

Chase was a happy man after he helped England book their place in the final by beating the Kiwis.

“It was a good feeling,” said the 25-year-old New Zealander who has opted to play for England rather than his homeland.

England’s squad to face Australia is Sam Tomkins, Ryan Hall, Jack Reed, Kirk Yeaman, Tom Briscoe, Kevin Sinfield, Rangi Chase, Danny McGuire, Gareth Widdop, James Graham, Garreth Carvell, James Roby, Jamie Peacock (captain), Adrian Morley, Ryan Bailey, Jon Wilkin, Ben Westwood, Gareth Ellis, Chris Heighington, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Carl Ablett.

The Rugby Football League has posted the ‘house full’ notices for tomorrow’s match.

England’s resounding win over New Zealand, which secured their final spot, sparked a clamour for tickets, with 20,000 sold this week alone, and the last of the 34,174 were snapped up on Thursday.

“This tournament has really captured the imagination of rugby league fans across the world and it’s a shame that many people have had to miss out,” said RFL chief executive Nigel Wood.

“We have worked closely with Leeds United to free up as many seats as possible by working around the restrictions caused by the ongoing construction work on the East Stand.”

An extra 500 tickets were released for sale on Thursday morning but, with a waiting list of over 1,000, went quickly.

When the two sides met in the 2009 final, also at Elland Road, the crowd was 31,042.