World Cup: Rangi Chase proud to represent England
Rangi Chase says his pride in representing England has gone up at notch after finding out he has family connections.
Last Updated: 11/10/13 4:35pm
The New Zealand-born 2011 Man Of Steel switched allegiance two years ago from the land of his birth after playing against England both for New Zealand Maori and the Exiles in the previous 12 months.
The Castleford stand-off, who is moving to Salford next season, then chose to make himself available to coach Steve McNamara after qualifying on residential grounds.
"Over the last couple of months I've done my family tree," Chase told EnglandTV in South Africa, where he is training with Steve McNamara's squad in preparation for the World Cup.
"I've got my own personal reasons why I play for England. But the name Chase is from England. One of my aunties has given me my family tree and it actually comes from England.
"So, in a way, I've got that English blood in me. It might only be a little bit but it's in there and it's a big honour.
"Even before then, it was a big honour but it makes a bit more special to I know that I'm linked, I'm tied, I've got a bit of English blood in me. It means a lot to me. I'm passionate about where I come from and my ancestors."
Chase has been the regular half-back partner for skipper Kevin Sinfield over the last two seasons and is hoping to win his eighth cap in the World Cup opener against Australia in Cardiff on October 26.
However, he is facing competition from Leeds' Rob Burrow and Melbourne Storm's Halifax-born Gareth Widdop and is not taking his spot for granted.
"I'm not too sure if I'm going to be there, to be honest," he said. "That's why I'm training hard and doing everything I can to put my foot in the door and get that spot.
"We've got a lot of depth and that's the beauty about it."