Former Castleford Tigers forward Brett Ferres has been ruled out of the Ladbrokes Four Nations after picking up a calf injury during training with the England Rugby League squad in London.
The 30-year-old, who now plays for Leeds Rhinos and featured in the 2013 World Cup, 2014 Four Nations and 2015 International Series win against New Zealand, will return to Yorkshire to be assessed by the club’s medical team in order to plan his treatment and recovery.
“Brett is a key member of the senior squad and he’s hugely disappointed to be missing out,” said head coach Wayne Bennett.
“He had been working hard with the train-on squad and has continued to do so in our camp. Unfortunately, he suffered this injury in training which meant he will not be able to train effectively for a few weeks.
“Just like all the other players, I know he was looking forward to the challenge ahead with England.
“Myself and all the England team wish Brett all the best with his recovery and look forward to seeing him in action next season.”
Ferres’s Leeds Rhinos team-mate Stevie Ward will replace him in the 24-man squad ahead of England’s International Test against France on Saturday, October 22 and the start of the Ladbrokes Four Nations on Saturday, October 29 against New Zealand.
The 2016 Ladbrokes Four Nations featuring England, Australia, New Zealand and Scotland starts on Friday, October 28 and more than 50 per cent of tickets are priced at £25 or less. Buy tickets at rugby-league.com/tickets or call the Rugby League Ticket Hotline on 0844 856 1113 (calls to this number will cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.)
Full 2016 Ladbrokes Four Nations schedule is as follows:
Friday October 28 (8.00pm): Australia v Scotland, Lightstream Stadium, Hull
Saturday October 29 (2.30pm): (General Admission Sold Out) England v New Zealand, The John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield
Saturday November 5 (5.30pm): England v Scotland, Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Saturday November 5 (8.00pm): New Zealand v Australia, Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Friday November 11 (8.00pm): New Zealand v Scotland, The Zebra Claims Stadium, Workington
Sunday November 13 (2.00pm): England v Australia, The London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
Sunday November 20 (2.30pm): Final, Anfield, Liverpool