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Campbell: This one's for you Garry

RAIDERS half-back Liam Campbell will put county before country as he pulls on the Cumbria shirt against England on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Barrow player will be part of coach Paul Crarey’s squad for the biggest game played in the county for many years.

A crowd of more than 4,000 is expected at the Recreation Ground for the clash, being played in honour of Garry Purdham, the former Haven and Workington player killed in the West Cumbrian shootings in June.

And Campbell is hoping that a big crowd will spur Cumbria – who will also feature fellow Barrow players Gary Broadbent and Brett McDermott and Ulverston Super League ace Oliver Wilkes – on to a glorious performance.

“There is no bigger test than playing against your nation. It is going to be a weird feeling – we all want them to do well when they go out to Australia, but this weekend we want to give them the best game we can,” said Campbell, who made his Cumbria debut with a man-of-the-match display against Ireland five years ago.

“I’m hoping there is going to be a really big crowd, and for the players who are out there it will be brilliant.

“Hopefully the England players will be a bit shocked by the Cumbrian supporters and hopefully it will be a great turnout for a good cause.”

Campbell played alongside Purdham – whose brother Rob will skipper Cumbria on Sunday – for three years at Workington.

He knows the importance of this weekend’s fixture in honouring his former team-mate, and added: “I was at Workington for three years with Garry. He was a great bloke and a great ambassador for the game.

“We want to put a big show on for him and his family – they are the main reason we are there, the shootings that happened.

“Paul Crarey has made it clear from the first training session that the reason we are playing this is because of Garry and he wants that to be in our heads all the time.

“Hopefully everyone will come out fired-up and put in a good performance that Garry and his family can be proud of.”

l Former Barrow Island man Ben Harrison is in the England squad to face Cumbria, which was named last night. The full 19-man squad is: Ryan Atkins, Tom Briscoe, Jodie Broughton, Garreth Carvell, Tony Clubb, Peter Fox, Ben Harrison, Mick Higham, Jamie Langley, Andy Lynch, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Scott Murrell, Richie Myler, Chris Riley, Nick Scruton, Michael Shenton, Paul Sykes, Joe Westerman, Ben Westwood.

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