Rugby League World Cup: Rangi Chase allowed to leave camp and return home

Last Updated: 22/11/13 5:04pm

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Coach Steve McNamara has confirmed Rangi Chase was given permission to leave the England camp after being dropped for Saturday's World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.

Chase asked for permission to return to his Lancashire home to be with his partner who is expecting their second child.

McNamara insisted he has no issue with the 2011 Man of Steel, who is thought to have taken the news of being dropped from the squad in favour of Gareth Widdop badly.

"Rangi is back at home with his family," he said at Friday's press conference at Wembley.

"He asked for a bit of time to be at home and we were happy to go along with that.

"I have no issue with him. He wasn't selected. People deal with that in different ways.

"He asked for a bit of time to be at home and we were happy to go along with that."
McNamara on Chase

"He'll be at home this weekend and, all being well, will be back with us next week."

'Quality squad'

England captain Kevin Sinfield said he had spoken to Chase after he was given the news of his non-selection.

"He's disappointed, like the rest of the players who miss out this week, but we all realise it is a quality squad and he'll take it on the chin," said England's captain.

Wigan hooker Michael McIlorum was also absent from England's final training run at Wembley after being left out of the team to face the Kiwis.

"With McIlorum it's different," McNamara continued. "He has a back injury and went for scans in Liverpool (on Thursday).

"He is back in Greater Manchester and he needs to get his back issue sorted."

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