Peacock rejects England role
Former England captain Jamie Peacock has turned down the chance to become involved with the national team at the 2013 World Cup.
Peacock, who retired from international rugby league last July, was expected to take up a support role with England coach Steve McNamara this year.
But the Leeds Rhinos forward, who turned 35 last month, has told McNamara he does not feel able to devote enough time to the national team.
"I'm doing a masters in sports business and administration and that's taking up too much of my time," Peacock told reporters at the Leeds pre-season media day.
"With playing as well and having three kids, I'd rather do two or three jobs well than four averagely.
"If I was to commit to doing the England job, I wouldn't have the time to do all four jobs properly.
"I think Steve kind of suspected it might be coming. He totally understands about chewing off too much.
"They will get somebody else to do that role. Steve said if he needs any advice he'll ring me but I don't imagine he will. He'll be fine with all the staff he's got at the moment."
Peacock is doing his masters at Leeds Metropolitan University alongside club-mate Kevin Sinfield, his successor as England captain, with both men planning to remain involved in the game in an administrative capacity when they retire.
Peacock has two years left on his contract and believes his decision to relinquish the England captaincy and concentrate on his domestic career was a key factor in him finding the form that helped take the Rhinos to a sixth Grand Final triumph last October.
It also enabled him to enjoy a first full off season since 1999, which he hopes will have a beneficial effect when Leeds launch the defence of their title on Friday week.
"The lack of responsibility with England helps and just being able to concentrate on what I'm doing at Leeds as well," he said.
"Knowing the Grand Final was my last game of the year no matter what was a bonus because I was able to throw everything into the cause for Leeds and hopefully it will be the same this year.
"It's a bit of a relief not to have all that responsibility. I enjoyed my time and I suppose I'll miss it when it comes to England playing Australia but that's life, you've got to move on.
"If they beat them, it will be a fantastic feeling watching.
"It's been a good pre-season so far and now I'm looking forward to playing.
"I'm a lot stronger and fitter than I've ever been at the start of the year and I'd like to see how that transfers into playing.
"We need to start the season well. We've got some big games to start with, obviously Hull and at home and then we've got to build into the World Club Challenge."
Despite the onerous tasks that come with the England captaincy, Peacock has backed Sinfield to make a success of it if, as expected, he is chosen to lead England into the World Cup.
"He's used to being the Leeds captain," Peacock added. "I think it's probably opened his eyes up a bit to how much actually does go on.
"It's not just a playing job, it's more than that. But if there is one man that can do that job very well, it's Kevin."