DREAM TEAM scrum-half Luke Gale has paid tribute to Castleford Tigers’ coaching staff after being named in England’s Test squad.
Gale reckons team boss Daryl Powell and his assistants Ryan Sheridan and Danny Orr – all former half-backs – have taken his game to a new level since he joined the club from Bradford Bulls a year ago.
The Leeds Rhinos academy product is in line to make his Test debut in this autumn’s three-game series against New Zealand and he said: “Daryl Powell has helped me a lot this year and helped me improve my game in all different aspects.
“He has brought a bit of patience to my game. He has some great staff behind him with Danny Orr and Ryan Sheridan and he has brought a lot of different plays into my game and opened my eyes to different ways to play the game. He has been really good.”
Gale faces competition from Wigan Warriors’ duo Matty Smith and George Williams as well as Gareth Widdop, of St George-Illawarra Dragons.
Hunslet Hawks, meanwhile, will face, as widely expeected, Toulouse Olympique XIII in Kingstone Press League 1 next year.
The French champions will make the competition a 15-team league.
The addition of the French outfit will see a new structure put into place which involves introducing a bye round for every team.