Castleford-born second row forward Brett Ferres has been drafted into the England squad for the Rugby League World Cup after the shock withdrawal of Gareth Hock.
Ferres, who now plays for Huddersfield Giants, trained with the England team in South Africa, but was only on standby for the World Cup before his inclusion was confirmed tonight.
He replaces Salford’s Hock, who has been sent home because of “breaches of discipline”.
An England Rugby League statement reads: “As a result of serious breaches of team discipline that have fallen below the strict code of conduct as agreed by team management, Gareth Hock has been withdrawn from the England Rugby League World Cup squad with immediate effect. He is replaced by Huddersfield Giants player Brett Ferres.
“There will be no further comment issued by England Rugby League on this matter.”