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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 November 2007, 16:17 GMT
Clarke handed Great Britain debut
Jon Clarke
Clarke joins Warrington team-mate Martin Gleeson in the GB team
Hooker Jon Clarke will make his Great Britain debut in Saturday's second Test against New Zealand in Hull.

The 28-year-old Warrington ace replaces Terry Newton, who is dropped from the team that won 20-14 at Huddersfield.

Coach Tony Smith has made two other changes, recalling Leeds duo Kevin Sinfield and Danny McGuire at the expense of James Roby and Jon Wilkin.

Roby has been left out to spend time with his partner, who has given birth to a boy six weeks prematurely.

"Both are fine but James needs to support his family at this moment," said Smith.

606: DEBATE

McGuire, who missed last week's first Test with a broken hand, takes Roby's place on the bench, with Sinfield reclaiming the loose forward role after withdrawing last week with a stomach bug.

Sean O'Loughlin switches to the second row, with Jamie Peacock going to prop and 18-year-old Sam Burgess dropping to the bench.

Clarke was Warrington's only ever-present this season and, after being 18th man for the mid-season Test against France, played for the Northern Union in last month's centenary international against the All Golds.

"He has been in good form this year," said Tony Smith. "He's played very well in a team that at times hasn't been that consistent.

"They went from being very very good to being OK, but Jon was very good all the way through. I'm looking forward to him getting his chance.

His first stint last week probably wasn't as great as some of us would like to remember

Smith on Burgess

"It's a bit of a tough call on Terry, but he would probably admit himself that he hasn't been completely happy with his own form over the last couple of games.

"You need to be in good form when you're playing for your country."

As for Burgess, Smith was still keen to keep him involved despite starting him from the bench this time around.

"His first stint last week probably wasn't as great as some of us would like to remember," said the Lions coach.

"He was very good in his second stint, however, and we're hoping that he plays that role for us this week."


Great Britain: P Wellens (St Helens), A Gardner (St Helens), K Senior (Leeds), M Gleeson (Warrington), G Raynor (Hull); L Pryce (St Helens), R Burrow (Leeds), A Morley (Warrington), J Clarke (Warrington), J Peacock (Leeds, capt), G Ellis (Leeds), S O'Loughlin (Wigan), K Sinfield (Leeds).
Replacements: M Fa'asavalu (St Helens), J Graham (St Helens), S Burgess (Bradford), D McGuire (Leeds).


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