Coach Steve McNamara has revealed that Rangi Chase was given permission to leave the England camp after being dropped for today’s World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.
Chase, who is joining Salford after leaving Castleford, asked for permission to return to his Lancashire home to be with his partner who is expecting their second child.
McNamara, speaking at a press conference at Wembley that followed the captain’s run, insisted he had no issue with the 2011 Man of Steel, who is thought to have taken the news of his axing badly.
“Rangi is back at home with his family,” said McNamara. “He asked for a bit of time to be at home and we were happy to go along with that.
“I have no issue with him. He wasn’t selected. People deal with that in different ways.”
England captain Kevin Sinfield said he had spoken to Chase after he was given the news of his non-selection.
“He’s disappointed, like the rest of the players who miss out this week, but we all realise it is a quality squad and he’ll take it on the chin,” said Sinfield.
The 27-year-old Chase was omitted in favour of Melbourne stand-off Gareth Widdop.
“He’ll be at home this weekend and, all being well, will be back with us next week,” added McNamara.