WHEELCHAIR RUGBY LEAGUE

22nd September 2016, 09:37 | wheelchair

England Wheelchair RL announce joint captaincy

England Wheelchair RL announce joint captaincy

"In Martin and James, we've got two experienced Internationals with quality leadership attributes."

With the Wheelchair Rugby League Four Nations just a week away in Rochdale, England have today announced that James Simpson and Martin Lane will share the role of England captain for the tournament.

England coach Martyn Gill said both players have great leadership attributes for this forthcoming tournament: "In Martin and James, we've got two experienced Internationals with quality leadership attributes.

"We firmly believe having both of them sharing those leadership responsibilities at the Four Nations will really help the new guys coming through, not to mention an opportunity for them to step up a level."

James Simpson led his Leeds Rhinos side both to the WRL Challenge Cup and Grand Finals in 2016, whilst Martin Lane, of Medway Dragons, captained England to victory in the last Four Nations tournament back in 2014.

With the balance of two excellent captains and four players making their debuts, fellow England coach Mark Roughsedge said that the team has a great balance to perform well in Rochdale.

Medway Dragons star Martin Lane will share the England captaincy

James Simpson - led Leeds Rhinos to two finals in 2016

He added: "We are delighted to have a balanced squad of established internationals whilst continuing to push new players through the pathway. Its great to see new players coming through and getting their chance - it can only benefit England in the long term."

The tournament, which also involves Wales, Scotland and Ireland, takes place this weekend (Saturday-Sunday, 24-25 September) at the Kingsway Sports Centre, Turf Hill Road, Rochdale, OL16 4XA.

Tickets are priced (per day) at £10 for adults, £7.50 concessions and £5 for children under the age of 16.

There is also a special family ticket which will allow two adults and up to four children to attend for only £20.