DEPARTING Wigan forward Gareth Hock has been removed from the England squad for “serious breaches of team discipline”.
With just days before the start of the Rugby League World Cup, the national side released a statement to confirm the 30-year-old would not play any part in the competition.
There is no indication as to the full reason behind the decision, just the confirmation that Hock will be replaced by Brett Ferres.
The statement said: “As a result of serious breaches of team discipline that have fallen below the strict code of conduct as agreed by team management, Gareth Hock has been withdrawn from the England Rugby League World Cup squad with immediate effect. He is replaced by Huddersfield Giants player Brett Ferres.
“There will be no further comment issued by England Rugby League on this matter.”
Hock has spent the 2013 season on loan to Widnes from Wigan and will make a permanent move to Salford next year.