Gale determined to seize chance if he is given a shot at the Kiwis

Castleford Tigers' Luke Gale
Castleford Tigers' Luke Gale
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DREAM TEAM scrum-half Luke Gale says he’s loving being part of the England squad, despite not yet getting a run out.

The Castleford Tigers man was not included in the side which beat New Zealand last weekend or the team for today’s second Test in London. But he insisted: “It has been a really good experience.

“It has been good working with top-class players and there has been a good feeling around the camp, going 1-0 up.

“Obviously I am disappointed not to be involved, but I will keep working hard and who knows what will happen next week?”

If England win today, the final match of the series, at Wigan next Saturday, will become a dead rubber and coach Steve McNamara might be tempted to give some of the fringe members of his squad a run.

“He hasn’t said anything about that,” Gale said. “Who knows? I will keep working hard and if he gives me the nod come week three, I will be raring to go.”

Of the prospect of wrapping up the series today, Gale said: “That would be really good. I thought we started pretty poorly last weekend, but in the second half we came on and blitzed them up the middle. Maybe the France [warm-up] game was a bit easy and in the first 20 minutes it showed, but once the boys ripped in and blew their middles away, we were too good. To go 2-0 up and clinch the series would be massive and a great achievement.”

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