CASTLEFORD Tigers star Rangi Chase is set to continue his international career after being selected for the 24-man England squad for the forthcoming autumn internationals and high-altitude training camp in South Africa.
After a difficult season dogged by controversy and speculation the call-up is a timely boost for the former Man of Steel as he looks to get his career back on track.
Chase will be competing with Warrington’s Richie Myler and Leeds’ Kevin Sinfield for a starting spot in one of the half-back places as England take on France and Wales in an international series
The first game is against Wales at the Glyndwr University Racecourse Ground, Wrexham, on Saturday, October 27 (2.30pm) with a home game against the French at Craven Park, Hull on Saturday, November 3 (2.30pm) and a possible final at the Salford City Stadium on Sunday, November 11 (5pm).
Tickets cost just £12 (adults) and £6 (concessions) and are available from the RFL ticket office on 0844 8561113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk
England coach Steve McNamara said: “This year’s international programme, including our camp to South Africa, is all about fine tuning our preparations ahead of the Rugby League World Cup in just over a year’s time.
“The autumn internationals will be a tough test against two nations (France and Wales) who are making good progress. Like us, they will use this tournament as preparation ahead of the World Cup. We want to make sure we play to our very best and win well.”
The England squad also includes Castleford-born Gareth Ellis and three former Featherstone Lions players in Zak Hardaker, Rob Burrow and Tom Briscoe.
The full squad (professional club and community club shown):
Carl Ablett - Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Parkside
Ryan Atkins - Warrington Wolves, Stanningley
Tom Briscoe - Hull FC, Featherstone Lions
Sam Burgess - South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dews bury Moor
Rob Burrow - Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions
Josh Charnley - Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks
Rangi Chase - Castleford Tigers, Dannevirke Tigers
Leroy Cudjoe - Huddersfield Giants, Newsome Panthers
Gareth Ellis - Hull FC, Castleford Lock Lane
James Graham - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Blackbrook
Ryan Hall - Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders
Zak Hardaker - Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions
Chris Hill - Warrington Wolves, New Springs Lions
Gareth Hock - Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Judes
Jamie Jones-Buchanan - Leeds Rhinos, Stanningley
Michael McIlorum - Wigan Warriors, Queens
Adrian Morley - Warrington Wolves, Eccles
Lee Mossop - Wigan Warriors, Hensingham
Richard Myler - Warrington Wolves, Halton West Bank
Sean O’Loughlin - Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks
Kevin Sinfield - Leeds Rhinos, Waterhead
Sam Tomkins - Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks
Kallum Watkins - Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion
Ben Westwood - Warrington Wolves, Normanton