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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 May 2006, 10:48 GMT 11:48 UK
Yeaman wins call-up to GB squad
Kirk Yeaman in action for Hull this season
Yeaman has scored 17 tries already this season for Hull
Hull centre Kirk Yeaman is one of eight uncapped players included in a 36-man Great Britain training squad.

The others are St Helens' Ade Gardner, James Graham, Jon Wilkin and James Roby, Bradford's Andy Lynch and Jamie Langley, and Wigan's Gareth Hock.

The squad will take part in two training days ahead of a one-off Test against New Zealand on 27 June.

Australian-based duo Brian Carney and Adrian Morley will not train but are available for the Knowsley Road clash.

Gardner and Langley were part of last year's squad which took part in a training camp at the University of Bath, while Wilkin was in the 2005 Tri-Nations squad but did not play a game.

Hock, meanwhile, is included despite not playing yet this season, although he could return to action in the next fortnight.

The 22-year-old second row only played three matches in 2005 and is still recovering from a knee injury that required surgery.

St Helens loose forward Paul Sculthorpe is set to captain Great Britain for the first time.

He was appointed a year ago to succeed Andy Farrell but missed the 2005 Tri-Nations Series with a knee injury.

Jamie Peacock, who led the side in his absence, reverts to the role of vice-captain.

The only absentees from 2005 are St Helens prop Nick Fozzard, who won his only cap as a substitute in the opening match of the tournament, and Hull's Jamie Thackray.

Thackray has lost out to his club colleague Paul King and Warrington's Paul Wood, one of the form forwards of Super League XI.

Also recalled are hooker Terry Newton, scrum-half Sean Long, loose forward Sean O'Loughlin and skipper Sculthorpe, who all missed last year's series through injury.

A minor surprise is the inclusion of Roby, a half-back who has been sharing the hooking role with Keiron Cunningham at Saints this season.

"I'm not looking too far ahead at the moment," said Roby.

"I'm trying to improve and develop my own game but I have a definite ambition to represent my country.

"I've not thought much about the Test but, if I do get selected, it would be a huge bonus. I would be over the moon."

Saints have 10 players in the squad. Leeds have the next biggest representation with seven, followed by Bradford with six, Hull with four and Wigan with three.


Full squad:

Rob Burrow (Leeds), Brian Carney (Newcastle Knights), Keiron Cunningham, (St Helens), Paul Deacon (Bradford), Gareth Ellis (Leeds), Stuart Fielden (Bradford), Ade Gardner (St Helens), Lee Gilmour (St Helens), Martin Gleeson (Warrington), James Graham (St Helens), Iestyn Harris (Bradford), Michael Higham (Wigan), Gareth Hock (Wigan), Richard Horne (Hull), Paul Johnson (Bradford), Paul King (Hull), Jamie Langley (Bradford), Sean Long (St Helens), Andy Lynch (Bradford), Danny McGuire (Leeds), Adrian Morley (Sydney Roosters), Terry Newton (Bradford), Sean O'Loughlin (Wigan), Jamie Peacock (Leeds), Leon Pryce (St Helens), Gareth Raynor (Hull), James Roby (St Helens), Paul Sculthorpe (St Helens, captain), Keith Senior (Leeds), Kevin Sinfield (Leeds), Chev Walker (Leeds), Paul Wellens (St Helens), Stephen Wild (Huddersfield), Jon Wilkin (St Helens), Paul Wood (Warrington), Kirk Yeaman (Hull).



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