Westerman to lead Knights
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.
Saturday 15 October 2011
Joe Westerman of Hull will captain the England Knights against France at Leigh tomorrow – the first fixture for the new second-string national side.
The Knights' coach, Kieron Purtill, has given the job to the 21-year-old back-row forward after an increasingly impressive first season at the KC Stadium.
Warrington's Ben Westwood steps down from the senior squad in order to get some match practice after his recent injury, but he remains part of England's plans for the full international in Avignon next Friday.
The Australian-born full-back, Dane Chisholm, of the Melbourne Storm, makes his debut for France against the Knights, in a selection otherwise dominated by Catalan Dragons players.
Australia's first-choice scrum-half, Johnathan Thurston, has declared himself fit for the game against New Zealand tomorrow – the warm-up match before both sides fly to Britain for the Four Nations.
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