Ward ready to make his mark

Ward ready to make his mark

Leeds Rhinos star Stevie Ward admits he was surprised by his England call-up but is determined to make an impression this autumn.

The Rhinos forward has had a difficult year, overcoming a serious knee injury that saw him miss the majority of the campaign.

He made just four appearances for Leeds in total this season but new England boss Wayne Bennett named Ward in his training squad ahead of the Four Nations.

His final 24-man squad will be revealed on Monday but Ward was a surprise inclusion in the original list following his stop-start year.

Speaking about his inclusion, Ward admits the call came as a surprise but he is determined to impress if given the chance.

He told the Guardian: "Hopefully, having not played many games is something that works in my favour. The thing that is often said about players in this country is that we play too many games, and going into an international series perhaps there might be a danger that some of those lads are tired.

"However, there’s none of those doubts when it comes to me being involved and I’ll throw myself straight in there if I’m picked, don’t worry about that.

"I was taken aback by it, but then thinking back to mid-season and being involved with the meeting, perhaps I should have thought I might getting the call just in case.

"I only played four games but they were games I was happy with. I’m delighted to be involved and I’m ready for the call telling me one way or the other whether I’m in."