Wigan Warriors pair Sean O'Loughlin and Oliver Gildart pay respects to the fallen

England Head Coach Wayne Bennett and Captain Sean OLouglin join the youngest member of the squad Im laying a wreath at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing after the last post
England Head Coach Wayne Bennett and Captain Sean OLouglin join the youngest member of the squad Im laying a wreath at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing after the last post

England captain Sean O’Loughlin and centre Oliver Gildart paid their respects to fallen Great War soldiers in Belgium yesterday.

The Wigan Warriors pair, along with coach Wayne Bennett, laid a wreath at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, and visited the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery.

England captain Sean OLoughlin at the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing

England captain Sean OLoughlin at the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing

It is the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world, for any war, with nearly 12,000 graves, more than 8,000 of which are unnamed.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and England will wear a special poppy jersey when they face New Zealand at Elland Road, Leeds on November 11.

Former England captain Jamie Peacock, now team manager, said last week: "The sport of rugby league and the England team, are proud to be associated with the courage and sacrifices of our Armed Forces."

England begin their three-Test series against New Zealand on Saturday following a 44-6 warm-up win against France last week.