McNamara keeps faith in Four Nations side
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.
Friday 04 November 2011
National coach Steve McNamara has named the same England 17 for the third time in a row for the Four Nations match with Australia at Wembley tomorrow – though he knows the favourites will be a lot harder to beat than Wales and France.
"We're really pleased, not just with the progress on the field, but off it as well," said McNamara, whose opposite number, Tim Sheens, has lost Willie Tonga with hip and pectoral injuries but can now bring back centre Greg Inglis after knee surgery.
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