O’Loughlin launches new England strip

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SEAN O’Loughlin admits the launch of the new England shirt has got the juices flowing for the series against New Zealand at the end of the year.

The Wigan and Test captain was at his old amateur club, St Pat’s, to launch the kit with international team-mates Chris Hill, James Roby and Kallum Watkins.

He said: “It definitely brings it home, what we’re facing at the end of the year.

“We’ve had some good games against the Kiwis in the last couple of years, and had some great support during the World Cup.

“And with the kit out, the TV deal sorted, tickets going well, a new venue to play at in the Olympic Stadium... it’s taking shape.”

New Zealand won last year’s Four Nations Down Under and backed that up with a one-off Test win against Australia earlier this year.

“They’ll come here as No.1 and rightly so, but whether you play against the Kiwis or the Aussies, you know you’re coming up against some of the best players in the world,” added the 32-year-old.