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'I'm absolutely delighted to be named England captain- it's a great moment for me personally and also for my club, the Huddersfield Giants. It was obviously disappointing to not be involved in the squad for the Gillette Tri Nations Tournament, but that's the only negative and I'm looking forward to leading the England team into battle for what will be two tough games.
'To captain your country- there is no greater honour. I'm happy that my efforts for the Giants are been rewarded and hopefully I can take my club form into international form. It's a big coup for the club.'
Thorman, of course, will be joined by fellow Giant Eorl Crabtree in the England squad.
Thorman added 'It would be great to see as many Giants fans as possible wearing Claret and Gold over at Headingley on Sunday to support myself, Eorl and the England team.'
England Rugby League Team undertake the first of two fixtures in 2005 when they play France at Headingley on Sunday October 23rd Kick off 5:45pm. Karl Harrison's team then go on to play New Zealand at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington on Sunday November 6th.