McNamara to consider captaincy options
England coach Steve McNamara is considering his new captain and admits that there are plenty of options for him to choose from.
The England boss is searching for a new leader for his team following the retirement from international duty of Jamie Peacock and will make his decision during a training camp in South Africa. Sam Burgess and James Graham had been possibilities but have been ruled out through injury and suspension respectively, but McNamara insists there are plenty more options available. "They are both strong leaders and very influential members of our squad," McNamara said. "But we've still got plenty of strong candidates." Jon Wilkin is another contender after leading the side against the Exiles earlier this summer but he is another notable absentee for the upcoming games against Wales and France. However, McNamara does have other obvious contenders in his ranks with Kevin Sinfield, Adrian Morley and Sean O'Loughlin - all captains of their clubs - as well as experienced forward Gareth Ellis. "We'll get together when we hit South Africa and when we address the group we'll announce it at that stage," McNamara added. "It's plain to see we do have some leaders in our game and most of them have been involved in the play-off series."