LOCAL SUPER League players Marc Sneyd and Joe Greenwood narrowly missed out on selection for the England team for the Four Nations Tournament currently taking place.
The pair were named in an initial 31-man squad by coach Wayne Bennett, but failed to make the final cut when it reduced in size to 24.
Scrum half/stand off Sneyd, who began his playing days at Waterhead Warriors, and former Saddleworth Rangers’ pack man Greenwood had been hoping to represent their country for the first time.
Greenwood, still only 23 years of age, said: “When you are a little kid playing the game, it is a dream to play for a big club which I have been lucky to do so at St Helens.
“Then the next dream and step is to play for your country and it was great to be in the initial 31-man squad.’
It was a disappointing end to the season for both players as their clubs narrowly failed to make the Grand Final, the climax to the Super League campaign.
Sneyd and his Hull FC lost 28-18 in the semi final at Wigan Warriors while Greenwood and his Saints’ side were beaten 18-10 at Warrington Wolves in the last four.
Sneyd did, however, finish the season with silverware after Hull FC won the Challenge Cup defeating Warrington 12-10 in a dramatic final having been 10-0 down.
That was the first leg of a targeted treble, but Hull FC fell just short finishing third in the league and losing in the Super League semi finals.