Chase is on for England
Tigers half-back preferred to Brough for Exiles match
Last Updated: 14/06/12 5:52pm
Rangi Chase: Reigining Man of Steel has been named in the England team
Rangi Chase is delighted to get another chance to silence his critics and consolidate his place in the England team.
Twelve months on from producing a man-of-the-match performance to help the Exiles defeat England 12-6 at Leeds, the New Zealand-born half-back is firmly in the opposite camp going into the first of two Origin clashes at Langtree Park on Saturday.
Chase, who switched his allegiance in time for the 2011 Four Nations Series, has been paired with Leeds stand-off Kevin Sinfield for the sixth consecutive match after England coach Steve McNamara opted to ignore the claims of Huddersfield half-back Danny Brough.
"I feel like I've been here for years," said Chase at the England training camp in Loughborough. "It's an awesome set-up."
"Look at the New Zealand team, look at the Australian team. They pick the best, who they think can do the job, whether they are born in Australia or New Zealand or not. If they do it, why can't everyone do it?"
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If Castleford's reigning Man of Steel had hoped his encouraging Four Nations displays had won over the sceptics, he would have been dismayed by recent comments from Huddersfield's Australian coach Nathan Brown which reignited the debate over his eligibility.
"If a duck quacks, it's a duck, it's not a cow," said Brown, insisting the former Maori international ought not to be wearing the red, white and blue.
But Chase has taken the criticism, as well as ribbing from his Castleford team-mates, in good heart while reiterating his desire to play for his adopted nation, especially after his fiancee Libby recently gave birth to their son Tahi.
"All the boys were giving it to me about if a duck quacks," he said. "I know Browny quite well and I actually texted him saying that I'm not bothered about it.
"Look at the New Zealand team, look at the Australian team. They pick the best, who they think can do the job, whether they are born in Australia or New Zealand or not. If they do it, why can't everyone do it?
"I think I've got a good reason why I should be playing. My little boy is English and my fiancee is English. That doesn't make me English, I'm not saying that, but this is home for me now.
"I don't have the same accent but, no matter what happens, I'll be living here after my career has finished."