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Tuesday, October 5, 1999 Published at 09:26 GMT


Sport: Rugby League

Sullivan makes GB squad

Welsh star Anthony Sullivan has been included in the squad

Anthony Sullivan has gained a surprise call up for the Great Britain and Ireland squad ahead of their Tri-Nation series, while St Helens team-mate Paul Newlove has withdrawn.

Coach Andy Goodway dropped three of his Wigan players - Mick Cassidy, Simon Haughton and Terry O'Connor - and cast aside Castleford's young half-back Danny Orr as he trimmed his 29-man selection down to a travelling 24.


[ image: Paul Newlove has been troubled by a thumb injury]
Paul Newlove has been troubled by a thumb injury
Newlove, who has been troubled by a thumb injury, pulled out of the squad on Monday evening, although he is not in any doubt for Saturday's Super League Grand Final against Bradford.

"We very much regret Paul's decision," said Rugby Football League international supremo Joe Lydon. "He is a world-class player but he has his reasons."

Newlove, at 28 still one of the finest centres in the world, withdrew from the 1996 tour after damaging a hamstring in the last match of the season.

The one surprise is the recall of the 30-year-old Sullivan, who has not played for Great Britain since the first match of the 1997 Super League series with Australia.

The Welshman was ignored by Goodway for last year's Test series against New Zealand and, although named in the 39-strong train-on squad, was omitted last month.

He remains one of the most lethal finishers in the game, however, and scored his 27th try of the season in Saints' 36-6 win over Castleford last Sunday.

"Anthony has had a magnificent season for St Helens," said Lydon. "He has a tremendous strike rate and he is a true professional."

Squad:

P Anderson (Bradford), D Betts (Wigan), G Connolly (Wigan), F Cummins (Leeds), K Cunningham (St Helens), A Farrell (Wigan, capt), S Fielden (Bradford), M Forshaw (Bradford), I Harris (Leeds), A Hay (Leeds), P Johnson (Wigan), C Joynt (St Helens), D Laughton (Sheffield), S Long (St Helens), J Lowes (Bradford), B McDermott (Leeds), A Morley (Leeds), K Radlinski (Wigan), J Robinson (Wigan), P Sculthorpe (St Helens), K Senior (Leeds), R Sheridan (Leeds), T Smith (Wigan), A Sullivan (St Helens).



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