Rugby League World Cup: Brett Ferres eager to play at Wembley against Kiwis
England's Brett Ferres is desperately hoping that he does not have to break a promise he made to himself at Wembley.
Last Updated: 19/11/13 11:34am
The superstitious forward vowed never to go to Wembley unless it was to play and, therefore, he has never been to a Challenge Cup final in London, even as a spectator.
England will be playing there on Saturday, in the first part of the semi-final double-header against New Zealand, and Ferres is anxiously waiting to discover if he will be in the team or watching from the stands.
The 27-year-old Huddersfield second rower was a late call-up for Steve McNamara's 24-man squad, only getting his chance when Gareth Hock was thrown out as a disciplinary measure, but went on to start all three group matches.
Ferres' run came to an end when he was relegated to the bench for last Saturday's quarter-final against France but, after going on to score his third try of the World Cup, he is hoping he has done enough to at least keep his place in the 17.
"I was a little bit disappointed not to start," he said. "I felt I had done alright in the previous games, but obviously I'll do what's best for the team.
"Steve decided to put me on the bench to try to make an impact and hopefully I did that. I tried to lift the team when I came on.
"I've never been to Wembley before. I've always said I wouldn't go there until I actually get to play, which will hopefully be the case on Saturday. I wouldn't like to have to go there this weekend and sit in the stands.
"It's hard coming from outside the squad, so I'll keep working hard and see what Steve goes with selection wise. Hopefully I'll be in the mix again."
McNamara, who used every player in his squad during the pool stages, looks likely to make further changes after an unimpressive 34-6 win over the French.
Ferres admitted: "The performance was not where we wanted to be. No disrespect to France but it probably wasn't the best opposition and we probably let our standards slip.
"It was disappointing that we couldn't put an 80-minute performance in."