NEW ZEALAND rugby league international Greg Eastwood is bitterly disappointed to be missing out on a special appearance in Saturday's Four Nations Test against England at the Galpharm.
The 22-year-old forward - who will play for Super League champions Leeds Rhinos next season - has broken a wrist bone and will miss out at the stadium and also in the final should the Kiwis get through.
Saturday would have been special for World Cup winner Eastwood because his father, Greg, was born in Huddersfield and lived in the town until he was 11.
Brisbane Broncos player Eastwood damaged his left hand after coming on as substitute in New Zealand's 62-12 victory over France in Toulouse last Saturday.
Eastwood, who was a member of New Zealand’s World Cup-winning team a year ago, underwent a scan earlier this week which revealed a broken scaphoid and has had his left arm put in plaster.
"It’s a shame for Greg but it’s an opportunity for somebody else," said New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney, who plans to announce his team later today.
"We’re not short of players - although we don’t want to be losing too many more - and are fortunate to have some great talent in players like Ben Matulino, who I thought was magnificent last week.
"We also have Jeff Lima, who has a chance of coming back this week."
Full story and interview in Friday's Huddersfield Examiner.