Former England captain Rob Purdham has not given up on a recall to the rugby league national side.
Super League leaders Harlequins Rugby League were this week celebrating Tony Clubb being called up to the full side, and Luke Gale being selected for the 'England Knights' A squad.
However, there was no place for Quins skipper Purdham, who captained England to a Federation Shield victory in 2006, and was also part of their 2008 World Cup squad.
He said: “It’s great for the club to have Clubby in the England first team, and it won’t be long before Luke steps up to it too if he carries on playing the way he is.
“ I’ve not given up on playing for England again myself, but all I can do is keep playing well for Quins and see what happens.”
Quins, will be gunning for a fourth consecutive win tonight when they take on Huddersfield Giants at the Twickenham Stoop.
At Leeds last week, the club sported for the first time their new pink quartered away shirts, which they will wear on the road this season to support Cancer Research UK.
It is one of the charities which will benefit from Purdham’s testimonial season, and one which is close to his heart, as his dad is in remission after being struck down by the disease last year. To find out more Purdham’s testimonial, log onto www.robertpurdham.co.uk