Castleford Tigers: All-rounder Gale ready for England call – Powell

Tigers' Luke Gale goes on the attack.
Tigers' Luke Gale goes on the attack.
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CASTLEFORD TIGERS coach Daryl Powell has joined in the calls for scrum-half Luke Gale to be named in this autumn’s England squad.

Gale has been in outstanding form for Tigers this year and played a starring role in their 29-22 win at Leeds Rhinos two days ago, when he scored a brace of tries and kicked four goals.

Wigan Warriors’ Matty Smith is the established England half-back, but Powell said: “With his ability to take the line on, as well as his passing and kicking, Galey has got an all-round game.

“It’s not just about structure, he can challenge any defence I believe and the confidence in his game is growing all the time. He has been central to a lot of the things we’ve done well this year.

“He is playing behind a pretty good pack, which helps him, but I believe he should be right in the mix.”

Powell added: “He is a bit different to Matty Smith, but some of the strengths he’s got you need in order to break defences down. He is confident and prepared to take the line on. He’s not going to pass the ball all the time, he’s going to have a pop at you and see if you can manage him. And his leadership has grown across the year and you need that in international football from your half-back.”

Meanwhile, Dewsbury Rams’ former Castleford hooker Wayne Godwin has announced his retirement. Godwin, 33, began his career at Tigers and has also played for Wigan, Hull, Bradford and Salford, including a spell there on loan from Rams this year. He said: “I’d love to play all my life, but my body can’t take much more.”