SADDLEWORTH rugby league product Joe Greenwood will make his England debut in Sunday’s Third Test against New Zealand.
The Wigan Warriors star, who hails from Austerlands, has had to bide his time after making the squad for the series against the Kiwis.
But injuries to Sam Tomkins, Sean O’Loughlin and Daryl Clark, as well as George Burgess’ suspension, mean he will get his chance at Elland Road, Leeds.
England boss Wayne Bennett revealed Greenwood’s chance, plus a possible change of position ahead of the game.
He said: “Joe will go on to the bench. We didn’t expect to lose two props in a three game series, but Joe Greenwood could play there.”
Greenwood’s England chance caps a wonderful return to England after a stint in Australia at NRL side Gold Coast Titans.
He ended up winning the Super League title after Wigan defeated Warrington Wolves in October’s Grand Final at Old Trafford.
Now he is set to get his chance at international level.
And Bennett conceded that were it not for the injuries, the 25-year-old probably would not have played this year.
The Australian added: “He’ll need to impress with playing more than training, that’s more important.
“He’s a good athlete and he’s got an opportunity he probably wasn’t going to get, so he’s going to grab it.”