THREE Castleford Tigers players were in international action at the weekend with varying degrees of success.
Two Tigers forwards were on opposing sides when England Knights took on Scotland in the Alitalia European Cup at Edinburgh with Daryl Clark making his debut for the Knights and Jonathan Walker earning his second Scotland cap.
Both were used as substitutes in a game the England side won 62-24 to clinch the cup after an earlier 62-4 win over Ireland. Former Tigers player Greg Eden also earned his first Knights cap.
Castleford prop forward Dan Fleming was in action elsewhere as he came on as a substitute for Wales and showed plenty of promise before scoring his first try for his country in the autumn international series game against England at Wrexham.
But he could not save them from an 80-12 hammering with England running in 14 tries.
Among the try scorers for England was Leeds Rhinos’ ex-Featherstone Rovers and Featherstone Lions star Zak Hardaker, who crossed twice in the first half.
The former Carleton High School student was making his debut after coming in for the injured Sam Tomkins to play at full-back and hopes to keep his place in the starting line-up for this Saturday’s match against France at Craven Park, Hull.
After playing a starring role in his first international, Hardaker said: “It’s always good to get a try or two, but on my international debut it’s made it even more special. It’s a debut I’ll never forget.
“You’ve just got to do what you can when you get a chance. If Sam Tomkins is fit next week and Steve picks him then he picks him. I’ve just tried to do my job.
“Just like at Leeds I’ve not got a fixed position. I will play anywhere and at international level I’d be happy if I was on the subs bench. Playing for your country is a massive honour.
“I’m just enjoying the ride that I’m on at the moment. Internationals are just a bonus at the end of the year.”