Jackson Hastings set to play for Great Britain

Salford’s Australian-born halfback Jackson Hastings is set to play for Great Britain this Autumn.

The 23-year-old wasn’t originally named in Wayne Bennett’s squad for the upcoming tests against New Zealand, Tonga and Papua New Guinea.

However, Bennett has confirmed that he will still consider eligible players from outside that original squad when it comes to finalising his 24-man touring side.

Hastings does qualify for both England and Great Britain through his Plymouth-born grandmother and, contrary to previous reports, it is now understood he has provided the RFL with the correct paperwork to prove his eligibility.

The former Sydney Roosters and Manly halfback has been a standout player for the Red Devils this season and is the current favourite to win the Man of Steel award.

He could now line up alongside Great Britain’s other Australian-born heritage players Blake Austin and Lachlan Coote, and could even partner Austin in the Lions’ halves.

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