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Morley named as England Four Nations captain

Adrian Morley
Morley led Warrington to Challenge Cup glory this year

Warrington's Adrian Morley will captain England for the Four Nations series in Australia and New Zealand which starts later this month.

The veteran prop takes over the captaincy from injured Leeds Rhinos prop Jamie Peacock.

Huddersfield have six players named, including uncapped quartet Leroy Cudjoe, Luke Robinson, Darrell Griffin and Shaun Lunt.

Wigan forward Stuart Fielden has also earned a recall at the age of 31.

Fielden was rated the world's best forward when he completed a record £450,000 move from Bradford in the summer of 2006 but drifted into the international wilderness after the Tri-Nations Series later that year.


But he has recaptured his form for the Super League champions this season and joins Wigan team-mates Sean O'Loughlin, brothers Sam and Joel Tomkins and uncapped winger Darrell Goulding in the 24-man squad.

Robinson has been preferred to Warrington scrum-half Richie Myler, who has paid the price for a loss of form towards the end of the season while Leeds' only representative is winger Ryan Hall, after skipper Kevin Sinfield joined Peacock and stand-off Danny McGuire on the injured list.

England head coach Steve McNamara paid tribute to Robinson and Fielden who are both making big personal sacrifices to take part in the series.

Fielden is preparing to leave his first new-born baby behind and fly 12,000 miles to play. His wife is already five days overdue and the England squad will fly out on Friday.

Meanwhile Robinson opted to miss his own stag party in Las Vegas and postpone his wedding in Cyprus.

McNamara said: "They're both making decisions in terms of their overall lives and I couldn't be more pleased. I've been delighted by their form."

"Stuart is going to be leaving his first child a day or two after the birth so it's a huge commitment but he never flinched," added the England coach. "He has certainly got some points to prove but his enthusiasm and desire to play for England is the thing that really stands out."

Robinson revealed he never gave up hope of making the Four Nations squad and did not hesitate to put off his wedding plans.

"My mother-in-law kept saying to me your wedding is going ahead at the same time as the trip but me and my partner said we'd cross that bridge when we come to it.

"Unfortunately we've had to cross that bridge, or fortunately, depending on which way you view it," Robinson said.

Sinfield, who started England's last two matches, has been ruled out with an Achilles problem which needs surgery.

St Helens scrum-half Kyle Eastmond is another injury absentee while Warrington centre Chris Bridge declared himself unavailable because his partner is due to give birth to their first child next month.

Steve McNamara said the choice of captaincy was an easy decision.

"It's sad for Jamie but Adrian is held in a huge amount of respect on both sides of the world," he said. "On my recent trip to Australia everybody all spoke very highly of him."

Morley, who has twice stepped in as captain in Peacock's absence, said: "It feels absolutely incredible.

"I've been lucky to captain Great Britain and England in one-off games but to lead a touring side is fantastic. It will be the highlight of my career without a doubt."

England travel out on Friday and will face a warm-up game against New Zealand Maori in Auckland on 16 October before the games against New Zealand (Saturday, 23 October), Australia (Sunday, 31 October) and Papua New Guinea (Saturday, 6 November).

Backs: R Atkins (Warrington), T Briscoe (Hull), K Brown (Huddersfield), T Clubb (Harlequins), L Cudjoe (Huddersfield), D Goulding (Wigan), R Hall (Leeds), L Robinson (Huddersfield), S Tomkins (Wigan), M Shenton (Castleford), G Widdop (Melbourne).

Forwards: S Burgess (South Sydney), E Crabtree (Huddersfield), G Ellis (Wests Tigers), S Fielden (Wigan), J Graham (St Helens), D Griffin (Huddersfield), B Harrison (Warrington), S Lunt (Huddersfield), A Morley (Warrington, capt), S O'Loughlin (Wigan), J Roby (St Helens), J Tomkins (Wigan), B Westwood (Warrington).

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