Wigan half-back Jackson Hastings admits that it will be a special moment when he leads out the Combined Nations All Stars against England later this month.
The 25-year-old, bound for Wests Tigers at the end of the season, has chosen to represent the All Stars having failed to make Shaun Wane’s initial England train-on squad ahead of the World Cup this autumn.
Wane is set to name his final squad for the mid-season test next Wednesday, while All Stars boss Tim Sheens will name his team and other co-captain shortly after.
Great Britain international Hastings admits he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to play his part in supporting Mose Masoe when the two sides meet at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
“I got the phone call the other day and was asked if I’d like to play,” Hastings said. “Not knowing whether I’d be in the England setup or not, I suppose I’ve given myself the best chance to play in front of Shaun [Wane] again.
“It’s a great honour to be able to represent my heritage and other people’s heritage.
“To be able to be a part of [the match] is something I wanted to do. Hopefully I’ll put my name in the frame for the World Cup, come the end of the year.”