Leeds Rhinos loose forward Stevie Ward has been brought into the England Four Nations squad to replace the injured Brett Ferres, who has suffered a calf injury.
Ferres suffered the injury while training with the national team in London, and has now been ruled out of the tournament. He will report back to the Rhinos to be assessed and begin his recovery programme.
Ward has not previously featured for England, but he was a part of the train on squad at the end of the Super/Middle 8’s.
The decision to bring the 22-year old in following a season that saw him make only 4 appearances due to a serious knee injury he suffered in September of 2015 may surprise some, but the new England coach Wayne Bennett clearly rates Ward having also included him in the group of 31 players that were involved in an England meet up back in June.
Ward travelled down to the capital earlier today to meet up with the rest of the squad, and will be in contention to play in the warm-up game with France on Saturday as well as in the Ladbrokes Four Nations fixtures with New Zealand, Scotland and Australia.