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One season at a time for Rhinos forward

Last Updated: 07/03/12 8:35pm

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England and Leeds Rhinos forward Jamie Peacock insists he will continue playing as long as his form and fitness dictate - and refused to rule out playing in the 2013 World Cup.

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"If I feel I can put my hand up for the World Cup in 2013 then I will do that"
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The 34-year-old has enjoyed a huge 12 months after coming back from a career-threatening injury. In the last year he has won the Super League Grand Final and World Club Challenge with Leeds, reached the final of the Four Nations tournament with England and been awarded an MBE.

Peacock was called up to England's latest 32-man training squad and is desperate to keep representing his country.

"I'm just taking it one season at a time at the moment," he told Boots 'n' All. "I will reassess where I am at, and how I am playing, at the end of this year.

"If I feel I can put my hand up for the World Cup in 2013 then I will do that. But I am just going to concentrate on what we have got this year.

"It is special every time you play for England. The only times that I have missed out recently have been through injury and I have really missed it and it's great to back in the squad and back playing with some great players again. It's a big honour to be in the squad again."

Leeds face Super League leaders Warrington Wolves this weekend and Peacock admits the Rhinos' play-off victory over the Wolves last season could give their opponents an added incentive ahead of the Headingley clash.

However, he thinks the match is unlikely to have a lasting impact on either sides' fortunes for the rest of the season.

"I don't think that it'll be their sole focus but if that had happened to us as players we would want to go and beat Warrington at their place and it would be an added factor that we knocked them out in the play-offs," Peacock said.

"I know that it did hurt them that day because they had been the best team for a while.

"If a team runs away with it 50-0 then it will have a bearing later in the year but if it is a tight game and someone nicks it, which hopefully it will be, then I don't think it will have any bearing on the future."

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