Hock to receive England call-up
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Tuesday 06 March 2012
Gareth Hock will today be named in the new England squad. The Wigan forward returned to the game last June, after a two-year ban for testing positive for cocaine.
He was then suspended for five matches for gouging and punching. Also in Steve McNamara's squad will be James Roby, despite the knee injury he suffered in St Helens' defeat at Huddersfield on Sunday, which could keep him out for months.
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