Seven Leeds Rhinos players named in England's Four Nations squad
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Seven Leeds players have been named in England's squad for the Four Nations Series against Wales, Australia and New Zealand, which begins later this month.
Prop Jamie Peacock will captain the side, while Carl Ablett is a surprise inclusion alongside uncapped winger Ben Jones-Bishop and forward Ryan Bailey.
However, scrum-half Rob Burrow, who was man of the match in Leeds' 32-16 Grand Final win over St Helens, is injured.
Castleford half-back Rangi Chase is also in the 24-man squad.
Leeds did not have one player in the 2011 Super League dream team but their late-season revival, culminating in their fourth victory against Saints in five years in the showpiece final, has brought reward for several members of their team.
Ablett's inclusion is surprising given his revelation in the aftermath of the Grand Final win that he fractured a cheekbone in the last match of the regular season six weeks ago.
And Burrow was not considered because of a rib injury which has left him unable to train and playing with injections.
St Helens centre Michael Shenton is ruled out after dislocating his elbow in the Grand Final but Saints have four representatives, including half-back Jonny Lomax.
Two Wigan players are in the squad but Joel Tomkins has made himself unavailable amid growing speculation that he is set to switch codes and join union side Saracens.
Warriors loose forward Sean O'Loughlin and South Sydney forward Sam Burgess are also missing but Australia-based quartet Chris Heightington, Gareth Widdop, Jack Reed and Gareth Ellis are in.
England play France in a warm-up game in Avignon on Friday 21 October before opening their Four Nations Series against Wales at Leigh on Saturday, 29 October.
England's Four Nations Series squad:
Carl Ablett (Leeds), Ryan Bailey (Leeds), Tom Briscoe (Hull), Garreth Carvell (Warrington), Rangi Chase (Castleford), Leroy Cudjoe (Huddersfield), Gareth Ellis (Wests Tigers), James Graham (St Helens), Ryan Hall (Leeds), Chris Heighington (Wests Tigers), Ben Jones-Bishop (Leeds), Jamie Jones-Buchanan (Leeds), Jonny Lomax (St Helens), Michael McIlorum (Wigan), Adrian Morley (Warrington), Jamie Peacock (Leeds, capt), Jack Reed (Brisbane), James Roby (St Helens), Kevin Sinfield (Leeds), Sam Tomkins (Wigan), Ben Westwood (Warrington), Gareth Widdop (Melbourne), Jon Wilkin (St Helens), Kirk Yeaman (Hull).
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