Leeds Rhinos: Kiwi clash a bonus for Briscoe after England disappointment

Five-try Challenge Cup final hero Tom Briscoe.
Five-try Challenge Cup final hero Tom Briscoe.
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LEEDS RHINOS winger Tom Briscoe hopes to be a hit against the Kiwis as he gets over his England disappointment.

The former Hull FC wideman was left out of Steve McNamara’s 23-man squad for the forthcoming series with New Zealand and tomorrow’s Test against France.

Having spent much of the campaign sidelined after shoulder surgery, the national boss instead went with Leeds team-mate Ryan Hall, Super League’s top try-scorer Jermaine McGillvary and prolific Wigan Warriors youngster Joe Burgess.

“Being out for five months didn’t help but I think I’ve been playing pretty well when I came back,” said Briscoe, who crossed in the Grand Final, scored five in the Challenge Cup final and finished with 15 in 17 games. Obviously Steve thought the other guys deserved it more.

“I spoke to him about it. He rang me up on the Sunday after the Grand Final.

“It’s just one of those things. He mentioned the injury and a few other things so that’s that.

“I get chance to play New Zealand with Leeds on Friday night, though.

“They are a massive set and obviously an international side.

“They will be very good, very physical and probably something a lot of our players haven’t faced before.

“It will be a challenge but one that I’m certainly looking forward to playing in.”

Briscoe, 25, won the last of his 15 caps against Fiji in the 2013 World Cup.