Great Britain call Thorman

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Chris Thorman, who will lead out Huddersfield in the Challenge Cup final at Twickenham later this month, has been added to Great Britain's Tri-Nations squad.

His inclusion brings Brian Noble's squad up to 43. That will be reduced to 25, plus another 10 who will travel to Australia for a warm-up game and be on stand-by in case of injuries in the Super League Grand Final.

Thorman, who started playing rugby league at the age of nine in his native North-east, has also signed a new contract with the Giants which will keep him at the club until 2009.

Swinton have the prospect of moving back to the roots they left when their Station Road ground was demolished 14 years ago. The National League Two club have been offered a 7.5-acre site at Agecroft, less than two miles from their historic home.

The plan is for a 6000- capacity stadium, funded by public and private investment, to open in 2009. "This is the best opportunity the club have had since 1992," the Swinton chairman, John Kidd, told a supporters' meeting last night.

Their neighbours, Salford, are due to hear at the end of November whether their planning application for a new stadium at Barton has been successful.

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