Eastwood earns final call-up

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28th November 2013

Leeds Rhinos second rower Greg Eastwood has been called up to New Zealand’s squad for Saturday’s World Cup final against Australia at Old Trafford.

Eastwood has come in for Frank Pritchard, the experienced Penrith forward who has failed to recover from the hamstring injury that forced him to sit out last Saturday's semi-final victory over England.

Eastwood is one of four survivors from the Kiwis' World Cup-winning team from 2008, and will be vying with Alex Glenn to replace Pritchard.

Coach Stephen Kearney said: "We made a final decision on Frank this morning. He'd love to play and we'd love to have him there but the stakes are as high as they get this weekend and he's not 100 per cent.

"It's naturally very tough for him to be this close and ruled out but we're very happy with our cover."