Huddersfield Giants star Brett Ferres was a notable addition to Steve McNamara’s 20-man England squad, which was revealed on Tuesday.
The team’s preparations for the International Origin clash with the Exiles at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on June 14 will start in earnest when they gather at their base in Loughborough next week.
The showdown with the Exiles represents England’s only competitive match ahead of RLWC2013, and there’ll be no shortage of motivation following series defeats to Super League’s overseas stars in 2011 and 2012.
Ferres says he would relish the opportunity to help England to victory in the game following what many believed to be a deserved call-up.
“It’s a massive step up for me personally as wasn’t previously in the Elite Training Squad,” he said.
“It’s a real privilege and an honour to be a part of that and it represents the first step on the ladder for me.
“From here it’s just a case of being consistent in what I do and continuing to perform at the very highest level.
“If I can do that then I’m giving myself a chance to still be involved when Rugby League World Cup 2013 arrives.”
The England team are continuing their countdown to the match and RLWC2013campaign with an unbeatable ticket deal.
Fans can see Steve McNamara’s men in action against the Exiles at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on June 14 and witness the RLWC2013 Opening Ceremony, featuring England’s clash with Australia and Wales v Italy at the Millennium Stadium on October 26, for just £45.
Meanwhile, signed England ball winner Robert East will be presented with his prize at the match, and the winning programme front cover design will be showcased to spectators after students from Christ Church Primary School in Warrington and New Pasture Lane School in Bridlington put crayon to paper.
Beloved RLWC2013 mascot Grubber will also be in attendance with the trophy in tow, and supporters are advised to bring their dancing shoes and be a part of an exciting new ‘viral video’ ahead of this autumn’s tournament.
It promises to be an exciting evening in Warrington and the perfect pre-cursor to RLWC2013.
World Cup Wednesday is kicking off the countdown with interviews and offers across Super League and Championships clubs’ websites throughout the day.
For more information about exciting international ticket offers visit: http://www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk/international
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