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Super League star says controversial switch “didn’t go down too well”

Toby King was one of 13 players to pick up their first England cap on Saturday against France.

This came just months after he played alongside his brother George for Ireland in the World Cup.

This is a common occurrence in rugby league though many are not a fan of these rules.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Toby King explained that it was a difficult decision that didn’t go down well.

“It really hurt me to do that because I’ve got a lot of passion to play for Ireland,” King said.

“My brother is captain and I’ve got a lot of respect for Ged, so it probably didn’t go down too well, but I felt it was a decision I had to make.

“Ireland have been really good to me, and I loved playing for them in the World Cup just gone, but it’s just one of those things I had to do.

“I was buzzing to get there in the England camp, and it was a pretty special moment. It was one of those where we couldn’t take France lightly, but we were just far too good on the weekend.”

King will be hoping to nail down a spot in Shaun Wane’s squad for the Tonga test series at the end of the year and the next World Cup.

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