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Rhinos forward Ward reveals he could play for Wales

Leeds Rhinos forward Stevie Ward has revealed he could play for Wales in the end-of-season World Cup - but insists his priority is to force his way into the England side.

Ward qualifies to play for Wales through his mum - but harbors ambitions of playing for England. Credit: PA

The back rower was a late call-up for the 2016 Four Nations Series, but never got to make his international debut and this week missed out on selection for England's mid-season game against Samoa.

However, 23-year-old Ward, who inherited Kevin Sinfield's number-13 jersey when the former Leeds and England skipper hung up his boots, is still in England coach Wayne Bennett's 30-strong elite training squad and believes a strong second half to the regular Super League season could help him press his claims - despite the potential of a Welsh call-up.

My mother's Welsh - she's from Wrexham - and that's something that can always be looked at, but the optimum thing for me is to be there with England and playing to the best of my ability.

I'd have fancied my chances this time a bit more if I had been fit coming up to that game (against Samoa) but I do know that decisions are made a lot later in the year for what's going to go on.

The only thing I can do is play well for Leeds and, if I'm in their plans at the end of the year, then brilliant.

– Stevie Ward