The St Helens prop forward, has been handed the England captaincy for the Four Nations in New Zealand.
Graham gets nod to lead England
James Graham, the St Helens prop forward, has been handed the England captaincy for the Four Nations in New Zealand after Adrian Morley was ruled out of the tournament with a biceps injury.
Graham will step into the breach when Steve McNamara's side open their campaign against New Zealand on Saturday in Wellington. "When Steve McNamara offered me the captaincy I had no hesitation in saying yes," said the 25-year-old Graham yesterday.
Meanwhile, in rugby union the British & Irish Lions will kick off their 2013 tour to Australia with a curtain-raiser match against the Barbarians in Hong Kong, it was confirmed yesterday.
John Feehan, the Lions chief executive, said: "To be able to confirm the Lions will break new ground in Hong Kong will ensure the tour to Australia is even more special."