Just days before the first Great Britian squad in twelve years will be named, they coaching team has been hit with the news England’s star back rower Sam Burgess who lead the England side in the most recent World Cup final will miss the tour due to a chronic Shoulder injury.
The 30 year old who is one of the few players remaining to have played for Great Britian has already undergone shoulder surgery this year will be going under the knife again after aggravating the problem during their recent NRL play off semi final where his South Sydney Rabbitoh's lost out to Canberra Raiders.
Also unavailable for the squad is former Leeds Rhino’s captain Kallum Watkins who has a rib injury and his ex-Leeds Rhino’s team mate Steve Ward who suffered a hamstring injury in Leeds last game for the session.
The squad which will be coached by England’s head coach Wayne Bennett, along with London Bronco’s Danny Ward and Salford’s Ian Watson will annouce on Monday following the Grand Final on Saturday as they prepare to take on Tonga on 26th October before two tests against New Zealand before a further tests against Papua New Guinea.
Speaking about the announcement the Rugby Football League director of Rugby who was part of the last Great Britian squad alongside Burgess and chaired the selection panel this time out said;
“It's disappointing to lose players, and they are all gutted to be out of contention for the tour.
“The reaction we've had from all players is overwhelmingly positive about the return of GB, and that was the case for Kallum, Stevie and especially Sam, as he's one of the few guys in contention to have played for Great Britain previously.
“But injuries happen, they test your strength in depth, and they provide opportunities to others.”