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Friday 18 April 2014

Currie contemplates Ireland switch

Steve McNamara, pictured,will wait to see if Ben Currie is to switch his allegiance

South Sydney's 20-year-old forward George Burgess has forced his way into the frame for a World Cup spot but England coach Steve McNamara looks to have lost another promising forward, Warrington's Ben Currie, to Ireland.

McNamara has named a 30-strong training squad from the Super League clubs but will have up to half a dozen NRL-based players to call on from October and will fly out to Australia after the Exiles game in June to bring them up to date with his plans.

Meanwhile, McNamara is waiting to find out if 18-year-old second rower Currie is to switch his allegiance from England.

Currie, who has appeared in Warrington's last eight Super League matches, was invited to join McNamara's elite training squad at their recent get together, along with two other highly-rated youngsters, John Bateman (Bradford) and Stevie Ward (Leeds).

But Currie, who toured Australia with the England Under-18s last year, turned down the invitation as he contemplates joining his Wolves team-mate Tyrone McCarthy in the Ireland camp.

"Ben qualifies for Ireland and England and he has a decision to make," McNamara said. "He's not quite sure at this moment in time what his best opportunity is for this World Cup.

"Ben represented England at 18s and did a great job out in Australia for us last year. He will make some decisions and we'll continue to monitor him."

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