Castleford-born Brett Ferres has spoken about how proud he was to play for England in the Rugby League World Cup at the Millennium Stadium last Saturday.
Although England lost their opening game in the tournament 28-20 to Australia they were not disgraced and Ferres played his part in a gutsy effort against the favourites.
After not being included in the original 24-man squad it has been a rapid turn round in emotions for the Cas lad, who is delighted to be part of the England set-up.
He said: “I really enjoyed it out there on Saturday.
“I was at the bottom of the pecking order when I was left out of the squad so obviously I was simply delighted to get a starting place against Australia in the opening game.
“Hopefully I took the opportunity with both hands, but I want more now. It’s international football and I want to be part of it.”
Ferres and his former Cas team-mate Rangi Chase are now hopeful of keeping their place in the team for the second group game this Saturday when England take on Ireland at Huddersfield.
The Irish, who could have Featherstone Rovers trio Liam Finn, James Mendeika and Colton Roche and Castleford stand-off Marc Sneyd in their team, lost their opening game 32-14 to Fiji.
Scotland, meanwhile, got their tournament off to a great start with a 26-24 victory over Tonga. Included in the Bravehearts’ starting line-up were Featherstone Rovers centre Ben Hellewell and Pontefract-born duo Dale Ferguson and Danny Addy as well as ex-Castleford half-back Danny Brough.