Brown backing Crabtree
Prop gets immediate chance to show McNamara what he's missing
Last Updated: 06/06/10 9:16am
Crabtree: Left out by McNamara
Huddersfield coach Nathan Brown is backing Eorl Crabtree to bounce back from the disappointment of being dropped by England.
"It's disappointing for Eorl because I thought he did a really good job for England last year"
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The Giants prop was one of three players axed by new national boss Steve McNamara for the mid-season international against France on June 12.
Crabtree, who played for England in last year's Four Nations final against Australia, will get an immediate chance to prove a point when he goes up against McNamara's Bradford side on Sunday.
The game at the Grattan Odsal Stadium is also vital for the Giants, who are clinging on to a place in the top eight after losing four on the spin.
"The representative sides generally get picked from winning teams and I think the fact that we have had some defeats in the last month, albeit against good sides, has played its part," said Brown.
"It's disappointing for Eorl because I thought he did a really good job for England last year.
"There has been a change of coach and sometimes that means that there is a change of personnel.
"It probably gives Eorl the chance to remind Steve what he can do in the next six to eight weeks."
Brown will be able to welcome back New Zealand forward David Fa'alogo from injury for the clash with the Bulls at the Galpharm Stadium.
The visitors, meanwhile, are without second-rower James Donaldson after he was hurt in their Carnegie Challenge Cup defeat to Warrington last Sunday.
However stand-off Paul Sykes is available after he over-turned a one-match ban, much to McNamara's relief.
"With the injuries we have picked up in the last few weeks, some players have had to come in and stand up for us and Paul has been one of those," he said.