Hock Set for GB Cap

Wigan’s Gareth Hock looks set to win his first Great Britain cap against the Kiwis next month after making a successful comeback from injury.

The 22-year-old second rower scored a try in his first home match for 15 months as the Warriors went down valiantly 28-14 to engage Super League leaders St Helens.

Hock, out since February 2005 with serious knee and leg injuries, was a surprise inclusion in Brian Noble’s 36-strong national training squad.

But after two impressive performances over the last two weeks, Noble is convinced he has proved his critics wrong.

“There were a few eyebrows raised when he was selected because he hadn’t been playing but perhaps I do make some right decisions,” said Noble.

“He’s a bit of a freak because he hasn’t run for 15 months and it shows the kind of character and desire the kid has got.

“I’m delighted for him. Once we get him fully fit, he will be a huge asset for this club.”

The form of Hock was among a host of positives for Noble, who combines both the Wigan and Great Britain head coaching roles.

He is adamant that the Warriors’ battling display against the leaders would have been good enough to defeat any other team in Super League.

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