DISAPPOINTED Giants duo Stephen Wild and David Hodgson will redouble their efforts to get back in the Great Britain reckoning.
That’s the verdict of Giants football manager Stuart Sheard after both were left out of the Great Britain 17 for tomorrow’s first Gillette Fusion Test against New Zealand at the Galpharm (6.15).
While new Giants signing Paul Whatuira is in the Kiwi starting line-up, Wild and Hodgson joined St Helens’ Jon Wilkin in being omitted when coach Tony Smithyesterday whittled down his 20-man squad.
“We are disappointed for both lads that they won’t get the chance to play on their home ground, but it’s a three-match series, they are in the squad and hopefully they’ll get the chance to feature at Hull and Wigan,” said Sheard.
“I know they’ll be a bit down, but they’ve been there before, they are both determined characters and I’m sure the disappointment will spur them on for the rest of the series.
“There are sure to be changes as things progress, so we will keep our fingers crossed that both Stephen and David will get their chance.”
Smith has put 18-year-old Sam Burgess in the front row. The Bradford teenager will become the youngest man to make his Test debut since Andy Farrell in 1993.
Captain Jamie Peacock moves into the second row to make way for the introduction of Burgess, while Rob Burrow and Leon Pryce form a new half-back partnership.
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