WEBSTER AND COCKAYNE GIVE KIRMOND ENGLAND BACKING

posted on 28 June 2013

The outstanding recent form of skipper Danny Kirmond has led many to believe he could push his way into England reckoning ahead of the World Cup.

Danny Kirmond has been in outstanding form for the Wildcats.

The second-rower has been a shining light in the Wildcats team all season but recent weeks have seen him go up a gear registering seven tries in five games while putting in top class performances.

Wakefield assistant coach James Webster believes the 27-year-old is in with a chance but faces stern opposition for a place in the team.

“On current form he definitely would be in with a shout. England have always been strong in his position unfortunately for Danny, obviously they have got some big powerful units like Westwood, Jones-Buchanan, Hock and there is a few more.

“They have got plenty of good back-rowers in the game but I think Danny’s definitely thrown his hand up as a possibility of joining that squad.”

The majority of the last England team chosen by Steve McNamara included players that had heavily featured before with very new few players breaking through.

Huddersfield’s form second-rower Brett Ferres was the only new name to feature against the Exiles but Webster believes Kirmond is capable of achieving the same if he can keep up his top form.

“I think he’s definitely on the radar with Steve Mac, saying that it is probably the position they are strongest in at the moment so it is hard to break into that.

“I think he is definitely pushing, if he is able to progress like he has this year for the back end of the year then I can’t see any reason why, like Brett Ferres has done, he can’t push his way into that squad.”

The Wildcats’ assistant is the only man backing the Wakefield captain to get an England call-up, teammate Ben Cockayne, who is in the 30-man elite training squad in March, believes the former Featherstone man has a great opportunity

“I think everybody is thinking about getting in that squad, but Danny Kirmond is the one that really stands out.

“If I was playing like he’s playing it would be something that would be on my mind and I would be thinking that maybe I’m in with a shout.”

England kick-off their World Cup campaign on Saturday 26th October as they take on Australia at the Millennium Stadium.

Several members of the Wildcats squad will be hoping a strong end to the year will see them called up to Steve McNamara’s squad ahead of the opening game.

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