Bri­tain call on Aus­tralian-born pair

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sky Bet Championsh­ip - By Ross Hep­pen­stall

Aus­tralian-born Lach­lan Coote and Jack­son Hastings are set to start for Great Bri­tain against a Tonga In­vi­ta­tional XIII in Satur­day’s Test opener, in which cap­tain James Gra­ham will win his 50th in­ter­na­tional cap.

The Great Bri­tain side have been re­vived af­ter a 12year ab­sence and this week­end’s clash in Hamil­ton is fol­lowed by matches against New Zealand in Auck­land and Christchur­ch, end­ing on Nov 16 in Port Moresby with a first Test in Pa­pua New Guinea since 1996.

Eye­brows were raised by Wayne Ben­nett’s in­clu­sion of St He­lens full-back Coote, Sal­ford scrum-half Hastings and com­pa­triot Blake Austin, the War­ring­ton stand-off, in his 24-man squad. They qualified through their her­itage. There is also a place for re­formed char­ac­ter Zak Har­daker.

Great Bri­tain’s play­ers, coaches and staff were forced to evac­u­ate their train­ing base in Auck­land yes­ter­day be­cause of a huge fire at the Skycity Con­ven­tion Cen­tre and moved to Hamil­ton. Ini­tial GB squad

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