Peacock promises passionate
series

Great Britain captain Jamie Peacock has pledged to inject more passion into the national team when they launch their bid to win the end-of-season Gillette Tri-Nations Series.

The 27-year-old Bradford forward will lead Britain for the first time against New Zealand at Loftus Road on October 29 after being given the nod by coach Brian Noble.

Peacock, initially named as vice-captain, was the obvious choice to take over from Paul Sculthorpe once the St Helens loose forward was ruled out with a knee injury and, although it took a month for the announcement to come, Noble said the decision was made "without hesitation".

Noble did spring a surprise with the selection of Wigan's Cork-born winger Brian Carney as the new vice-captain but Peacock was delighted with the choice.

"The good thing about Brian being vice-captain is the amount of passion he brings to playing for Great Britain," said Peacock.

"The young players who are going to come in will see what it means to play for Great Britain and how much it means to win games against Aussies and Kiwis. Most of us hate them, that's why we want to beat them. That's what we are going to bring to it.

"I will lead how I do at Bradford. I am going to try to lead by example and play with a bit of passion."

Peacock, who has missed only one of Britain's last 15 matches since making his debut against Australia in 2001, becomes the third captain in 12 months following Andy Farrell's switch to rugby union and Sculthorpe's enforced absence.

The loss of two former holders of the prestigious Man of Steel award leaves Britain short of experience but Peacock is confident about Britain's prospects.

"There is no point dwelling on it," he said. "There are enough good young players coming through and there are enough senior players who have played quite a few Test matches for us to cope with losing Faz and Scully."

The 29-year-old Carney, who will leave Wigan at the end of the season to join Australian club Newcastle Knights, admitted he was surprised by his appointment and hopes to be able to adopt a back-seat role.

"I just hope JP plays every minute of every game," he said.

"He's one of the most important players in this team and anything I can do to assist him, I will be there."

Former Great Britain tourist David Lyon was appointed as an assistant coach, lining up alongside Jon Sharp, who yesterday agreed a two-year extension to his Huddersfield contract which will keep him at the Galpharm Stadium until the end of the 2008 season.

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