Danny McGuire has missed out on selection for Saturday's First Test against New Zealand because of a hand injury picked up in the defeat to the All Golds.
Danny McGuire has missed out on selection for Saturday's First Test against New Zealand because of a hand injury picked up in the defeat to the All Golds. McGuire and Jamie Jones-Buchanan are the only two of the original seven Rhinos named in Tony Smith's Great Britain squad to miss out on his initial 20 man squad for Saturday's game at the Galpharm Stadium in Huddersfield. Bradford Bulls forward Sam Burgess and St Helens' Maruie Fa'asavalu could be in line to make their debuts. For Burgess, a first appearance for Great Britain, would cap a remarkable year for the 18 year old. Earlier this month he was voted engage Young Player of the Year and on Saturday he won the man of the match award for the Northern Union against the Kiwi All Golds. Fa'asavalu could also make his debut on Saturday alongside six of his Saints team mates who have also been included in the squad. Smith's squad also includes two players who would feel very much at home on Saturday if selected in the final 17. Huddersfield Giants' duo of Stephen Wild and new signing David Hodgson will be hoping to come face-to-face with Kiwi centre Paul Whatuira who is also joining the Galpharm based club next year. Great Britain's 20 man squad to face New Zealand (in alphabetical order) Sam Burgess (Bradford Bulls) Rob Burrow (Leeds Rhinos) Gareth Ellis (Leeds Rhinos) Marie Fa'asavalu (St Helens) Ade Gardner (St Helens) Martin Gleeson (Warrington Wolves) James Graham (St Helens) David Hodgson (Salford City Reds/Huddersfield Giants) Adrian Morley (Warrington Wolves) Terry Newton (Bradford Bulls) Sean O'Loughlin (Wigan Warriors) Jamie Peacock (Leeds Rhinos) Leon Pryce (St Helens) Gareth Raynor (Hull FC) James Roby (St Helens) Keith Senior (Leeds Rhinos) Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) Paul Wellens (St Helens) Stephen Wild (Huddersfield Giants) Jon Wilkin (St Helens) Gillette Fusion Test Series Great Britain Vs New Zealand (all kick offs 6.15pm) 1st Test 27 October- Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield 2nd Test 3 November - KC Stadium, Hull 3rd Test 10 November - JJB Stadium, Wigan For ticket information, please call 0871 226 1313 or visit www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk The Great Britain team is sponsored by Gillette.
Leeds Rhinos have been given a boost ahead of tonight's Super League clash with St Helens at Headingley Carnegie, kick off 7.45pm, with the news that experienced forward Ian Kirke, 32, has agreed a new two year contract with the club.