DEWSBURY will be well represented on the international stage when four of the town’s rugby league stars take to the field in the Four Nations tomorrow (Saturday) at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.
England captain and South Sydney Rabbitohs ace Sam Burgess will lead his country out against Scotland in his 17th international.
Burgess, who began his rugby league career as a youngster at Dewsbury Moor ARLFC, made his first appearance as England captain against New Zealand in last weekend’s sell-out Four Nations opener at Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium.
Brothers Tom and George are also likely to feature having sat on the bench in England’s defeat to New Zealand last time out.
Burgess, who became the second Dewsbury-born England captain after Mike Stephenson, said: “At Dewsbury Moor there is an honours board as you go in, with players who have gone on to represent Super League clubs and I always dreamed of being put onto that board, representing a Super League club – never mind captaining my country.
“You don’t think that is going to ever happen, but to be given the captaincy is a real honour and something I do with pride and will give it everything.”
England’s clash with Scotland tomorrow will be the first between the two sides and takes on added importance after both teams lost their Four Nations openers.
Meanwhile, leading out the Bravehearts will be Dewsbury-born former Thornhill Trojan Danny Brough, who is set to become Scotland’s most capped player.
The game kicks off at the Ricoh Arena at 5.30pm as the start of a double header, with an intriguing clash between Australia and New Zealand following at 8pm.