Peacock won't make England return
Former England captain Jamie Peacock will not be part of the England squad, despite the best efforts of his successor Kevin Sinfield.
Peacock retired from international rugby league in June 2012, but he has enjoyed one of his best seasons with Leeds this year, culminating in his short-listing for the Man of Steel award, and Sinfield says he spoke to him "every single week" in a bid to persuade him to return to the Test scene for the World Cup.
"For me he's been the best forward in the competition this year," Leeds skipper Sinfield said. "But obviously he made a decision and he's stood by it.
"He was weakening at one stage but he's a steely character.
"The last month or six weeks have been really tough on him away from the game and he feels it's the right thing for him to do."
Peacock, whose father Darryl lost his long battle with cancer last month, will be involved in the World Cup as part of the BBC's commentary team and has offered his assistance to the team.
"As he's said to me a number of times, he's always on the end of a phone and to have that support is fantastic," added Sinfield.
Sinfield was part of England's advance party which flew to Johannesburg last Wednesday. They were united with the five NRL-based players and will be joined on Monday night by the eight-strong contingent involved in Saturday's Grand Final between Wigan and Warrington.