Ellis fit for Gillette Four Nations
England coach Steve McNamara has drafted former Leeds star Gareth Ellis into his train-on squad ahead of the Gillette Four Nations tournament starting next month against Australia, New Zealand and Wales.
Ellis, who has been one of the outstanding forwards in the year’s Australian NRL competition with Wests Tigers, will join up with the England squad early next month at their training base in Loughborough.
The 30-year-old has made 18 first grade appearances for the Tigers this season, scoring three tries, and helped Wests reach the play-offs losing to New Zealand Warriors at the weekend.
“We are delighted that Gareth is fully fit and available for the Gillette Four Nations,” said England coach Steve McNamara. “It is a massive boost for the whole country and will add real strength to our pack.
“He’s had a groin problem, but he has changed his rehabilitation programme midway through the season and he is fine now and looking forward to being part of our preparations.
“Gareth has been in tremendous form in the NRL and has produced some standout performances during this campaign.
“He will join up with us next month, when the full squad reports to Loughborough ahead of the tournament starting.”
The England train-on squad so far is:
Tom Briscoe (Hull FC)
Gareth Ellis (Wests Tigers)
Chris Heighington (Wests Tigers)
Jack Reed (Brisbane Broncos)
Kris Welham (Hull KR)
Kirk Yeaman (Hull FC)
Further players will be added to England’s train-on squad as teams are eliminated from the Engage Super League play-offs.
Steve McNamara will announce his 24-man squad for the Gillette Four Nations on Monday October 10.
England start their Gillette Four Nations campaign on Saturday October 29 when they take on Wales at Leigh Sports Village (2.30pm) with tickets priced at just £10 adults and £5 concessions.
The tournament moves to Wembley Stadium on Saturday November 5 when Wales face New Zealand at 1.00pm before England clash with Australia at 3.30pm.
England’s remaining game against New Zealand will be played at the KC Stadium in Hull on Saturday November 12 (6.00pm) and tickets are priced from £20 adult and £10 concession.
The 2011 Gillette Four Nations final will be played at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday November 19 (6.00pm) and tickets are priced from £20 Adult and £10 concession.
Tickets for the 2011 Gillette Four Nations can be purchased by calling 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk